Why Do We Celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

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St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March, which is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick. The very first St Patrick’s Day celebration in America was recorded in St Augustine, Florida, in the year 1600. The first St Patrick’s Day parade took place the following year in 1601. Both were organized and executed by the Spanish Colony’s Irish vicar Ricardo Artur.

Green is the official color theme of St Patrick’s Day. This is because it’s part of the Irish flag and the national symbol. A legend that originated in America says that wearing green can make you invisible to leprechauns.

What Do St Patrick’s Day Celebrations Consist Of?

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other worldwide festival. Whether you’re American or Irish, anyone can celebrate and enjoy St Patrick’s Day. Many people have various traditions, drinks, and even food. Below are some of the most common St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

St Patrick’s Day Traditions

Everyone’s traditions vary when it comes to holidays. St Patrick’s Day has many different traditions that people have implemented to become part of the celebration.

  • Themed parades: St Patrick’s Day parades are an incredible thing to watch.
  • Irish music, musicians, and bagpipes: If you enjoy music, then seeing a performance is a must-see.
  • Irish step dancers: These dancers are amazing to watch as they almost float above the floor.
  • Dressing in green: If you don’t wear green to a St Patrick’s Day event, you could get an affectionate pinch.
  • Say “Erin go Bragh”: This translates best to “Ireland Forever” and is a way of showing support and affection for the country.
  • Saying “Sláinte”: This is the Irish term for saying cheers.

Traditional St Patrick’s Day Food

Traditional food can vary from country to country. These are a few of the traditional St Patrick’s Day foods in America.

  • Corned beef: This is often smoked or boiled and is the most popular traditional St Patrick’s Day food.
  • Irish champ: A side dish made with mashed potatoes, hot milk, butter, and chopped green onions.
  • Boiled or buttered cabbage: This is one of the most popular foods served on St Patrick’s Day.
  • Irish colcannon: This is made using mashed potatoes, leeks, cabbage, and kale.
  • Irish Lamb Stew: A hearty stew made using lamb, onions, potatoes, carrots, rutabaga, or turnips.
  • Beef and Guinness pie: The Guinness is infused into the vegetables and beef, making for a flavorful dish.
  • Irish bread and butter pudding: This delectable dish consists of white bread, Irish cream liqueur, and plump raisins.

Traditional St Patrick’s Drinks

Traditional drinks don’t differ as much from country to country as food does. These are some St Patrick’s Day celebration drinks:

  • Green pints of beer: This is made using regular beer and adding edible food coloring to look festive.
  • Irish whiskey: This can be enjoyed neat or added with other ingredients to make delicious drinks.
  • Guinness stout: One of the most popular types of beer for St Patrick’s Day.
  • Irish slammer (Irish car bomb): This is a bar shot made up of a creamy shot and full-flavored, malty beer.
  • Original Irish coffee: This is made using strong, hot black coffee and Irish whiskey and topped with cream.
  • Irish eyes: A cocktail made of Irish whiskey, green mint liqueur, cream, and a maraschino cherry for a garnish.

St Patrick’s Day Celebration At Galuppi’s

Join us for a festive St Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17th at Galuppi’s dressed in your best green attire.   We’re excited to offer all-day entertainment featuring multiple stages of live music featuring Irish bands, solo artists, a traditional bagpiper, and step dancers.  Plus, we’ll have exciting raffle baskets available to win.

Indulge in a menu of traditional Irish dishes of corned beef and cabbage, corned beef sandwiches, and split pea soup. Don’t miss out on the Green Beer & Guinness.

For more details about our St Patrick’s Day festivities, please call us at 954 785 0226 or conveniently make a reservation online.  We can’t wait to welcome you!


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