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Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Barrington Place Apartments, Madison, WI  Celebrate St. Patrick's Day here in Madison in one of several different ways! We're sharing a few ideas.

Welcome back to the Barrington Place Apartments Blog! We hoped you enjoyed last month’s blog that included a few book recommendations. In this month’s post, we are highlighting some differents way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, including some events taking place here in Madison, WI. Read on to find out more!


Wear Green

An easy way to observe St. Patrick’s Day is by wearing green. This tradition can be traced back to 17th century Ireland, when the people of Ireland would wear green ribbons and shamrocks to honor the patron saint, St. Patrick. American immigrants later made popular the idea that wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day made them invisible to the leprechauns and fairy creatures who liked to sneak up on people and pinch them. Pinching people who don’t wear green was suppose to be a reminder to them that leprechauns and fairies can creep up on them anytime because they aren’t wearing green.


Attend a St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Attend the 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade happening right here in Madison! The parade starts at 1:30pm at Capitol Square, here in Madison, WI. March in the parade or just watch from the sidelines, but be sure to wear green to show your love for Ireland and Irish culture! All proceeds from the parade will be donated to local charities.


Eat Irish Food

When we say Irish food, we don’t mean anything with green food coloring in it — that’s not Irish. We mean some hearty, traditional Irish dishes that will fill you up and leave you satisfied, like bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, or shepherd’s pie. If you want more ideas, check out Genius Kitchen’s 66 Favorite Irish Dishes.


Go Out for a Drink

Drinking beer is a huge part of the Irish culture. Try some Guinness, a traditional Irish beer, and spend some time with your buddies “out on the lash” — that Irish slang for “to go out drinking.”


Visit an Irish Pub

Pubs are different than bars. For one, the food is much better, and people don’t go there just to drink. Pubs often feature live entertainment, tasty food, and a wide selection of drinks to choose from. Visit one of these Irish pubs in Madison, WI to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!


Learn Irish Slang

Broaden your horizons and your vocabulary by learning some Irish slang words. Who knows, if you end up on a trip to Ireland, they might just come in handy! Start practicing your accent and soon enough you will be sounding just like one of the locals!


How do you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post!