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.
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.
Non-sensical green t-shirts are also popular, as seen at McFadden's
in Glendale, Arizona.
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.
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.