March 12, 2012

A St. Patrick's Day Party Preview

Traditionally, St. Patrick's Day honors the Patron Saint of Ireland, and the spread of Christianity to the island. But the holiday is more broadly celebrated in America, where after a few Guinnesses, anyone can be Irish. For a holiday that recognizes the unique culture of Ireland, there certainly are a lot of American tropes thrown into the revelry. In case you can't remember your last few St. Patrick's Days, here's what to expect.
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Perhaps because Mardi Gras has recently put people in the novelty necklace spirit, St. Patrick's Day often involves green plastic beads, as seen at the St. Patrick's Day parade in San Francisco, California.
Joseph Schell
Perhaps because Mardi Gras has recently put people in the novelty necklace spirit, St. Patrick's Day often involves green plastic beads, as seen at the St. Patrick's Day parade in San Francisco, California.
Even at more traditional events, like the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas, Texas, there are silly green hats.
Danny Hurley
Even at more traditional events, like the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas, Texas, there are silly green hats.
But one of the greatest traditions of all is  green beers like at Lodo's Bar and Grill in Denver, Colorado.
Aaron Thackeray
But one of the greatest traditions of all is green beers like at Lodo's Bar and Grill in Denver, Colorado.
And what's the best way to drink green beer? Through green straw glasses at Casey's Irish Pub in Los Angeles.
Colin Young-Wolff
And what's the best way to drink green beer? Through green straw glasses at Casey's Irish Pub in Los Angeles.
Non-sensical green t-shirts are also popular, as seen at McFadden's in Glendale, Arizona.
Melissa Fossum
Non-sensical green t-shirts are also popular, as seen at McFadden's in Glendale, Arizona.
Too many "Kiss Me I'm Irish" drink specials at Teakwood's Tavern and Grill in Phoenix, Arizona could lead to an Irish threesome.
Ryan Wolf
Too many "Kiss Me I'm Irish" drink specials at Teakwood's Tavern and Grill in Phoenix, Arizona could lead to an Irish threesome.
Stereotypes aside, most Irish bars serve more than Guinness and offer a range of beers like the  Market Pub House's selection in University City, Missouri, just outside of the St. Louis city limits.
Kholood Eid
Stereotypes aside, most Irish bars serve more than Guinness and offer a range of beers like the Market Pub House's selection in University City, Missouri, just outside of the St. Louis city limits.
An Irish bar only becomes more authentic with gaelic typeface, like at The Dubliner irish Pub in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ryan Wolf
An Irish bar only becomes more authentic with gaelic typeface, like at The Dubliner irish Pub in Phoenix, Arizona.
But on St. Patrick's Day, sometimes a Guinness is all you want, as this woman at Bender's Tavern in Denver, Colorado proves.
Kate Levy
But on St. Patrick's Day, sometimes a Guinness is all you want, as this woman at Bender's Tavern in Denver, Colorado proves.
St. Patrick's Day in America isn't totally devoid of tradition. Young Irish step dancers show their pride on the streets of St. Louis, Missouri.
Crystal Rolfe
St. Patrick's Day in America isn't totally devoid of tradition. Young Irish step dancers show their pride on the streets of St. Louis, Missouri.