Luck of the Irish

Next weekend will be the first major holiday of the year! (That everyone can enjoy; I just don’t think Valentine’s Day is as widely enjoyed.) Here is some background info on the annual party we all know and love.

St. Patrick’s Day was named after the Patron Saint of Ireland. (That explains a lot!) What was originally a religious feast day has since become a secular celebration of Irish culture, and today, it is widely celebrated all around the world.

The original color associated with Saint Patrick was actually blue, but over the years has changed to green. The shamrock associated with Saint Patrick is said to come from the story that he used the three leaves to help explain the “Holy Trinity” to pagan Irishmen.

Although not observed as a federal holiday here in the US, that doesn’t stop us from celebrating. Every year Bricktown has their “Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party”. The festival is held on the corner of Sheridan & Oklahoma Avenue, and admission is FREE! Bricktown also has a parade downtown, typically with thousands of Oklahoma residents lining the streets to watch.

Of course, you can always head down to one of your favorite local pubs, like McNellie’s, O’Connell’s, or Dan McGuinness and have yourself a green beer and some Irish-American cuisine.

Just remember to be safe and have fun, whatever your festivities may be!
Leave us a comment and let us know how you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!