I never realized how big of a holiday St. Patrick’s Day really was. Sure, most people just use it as an excuse to drink, and I’ve heard about all the parties that college kids put on and attend. But I never personally experienced this holiday in college because it was always during softball season (which means minimal partying, duh).
Apparently St. Patty’s (or is it Paddy’s?) Day is a huge thing. Cities all over the world basically rage their faces off and put on huge parades in honor of this redheaded Irish saint. Even Indianapolis, a small city making its way to a medium-sized city has a week-full of festivities. Fun includes events such as Kegs and Eggs at Mo’s Irish Pub, the Shamrock Run & Walk which took place this past Saturday in Monument Circle, and the shindig that I was lucky enough to attend with my boyfriend and his family, the Greening of the Canal.
This is my first St. Patty’s Day celebration (other than just wearing green, like usual), so of course I was excited. Dyeing small bodies of water is some kind of big and fun deal all around the world. The Greening of the Canal is special for a number of reasons (not only because it’s in a convenient spot for me), one being that it brings together a community and is really appropriate for all ages. This event was full of live music from Irish singer and songwriter Eunan McIntyere. Every year, McIntyere visits Indy all the way from Ireland to perform at the Greening of the Canal (I honestly have no idea why). There was also a bagpipe performance because everyone knows that you can’t lose with a performance from men in kilts. Cool and important people such as Indy’s Governor Mike Pence and Mayor Greg Ballard were there as well. These gentlemen and their wives had the honor of dyeing the canal green.
Overall, this was a great family event – brought to us with lots of sunshine, family from out of town, the opportunity to bring our pup out for a walk, free hats, and delicious giant pretzels. What are your St. Patty’s Day traditions? What’s the best thing you’ve ever done on St. Patty’s Day?