Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

How fitting that St Patrick's Day falls on my blog day. With a maiden name of McGarity, let the party begin!
My dad was half-Irish, my mom a little, too. So, today is a big event for me. And it doesn't hurt that I'm living in an Irish community, where the town hall closes for the day, the bars open early, and everybody gathers at 11am in Erin, a small town down the road, to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade. Floats, dancers, horses, and more green beer than you could imagine.

I even bought a box of Lucky Charms for breakfast.

After the parade, shuttle services will begin transports to the bars for more drinking and live music. Later, those still standing will dine on corned beef and cabbage.

St. Paddy's day wouldn't be complete without a good luck toast:

“I've drunk to your health in company,I've drunk to your health alone, I've drunk to your health so many times, I've darn near ruined my own! Here's to me!”

11 comments:

Helen Kiker said...

A corned beef and cabbage lunch at the Senior Center after a morning of Dominoes is what I will be doing. No parade here but maybe there will be something on TV.

signlady217 said...

I'm thinking about maybe going shopping! That's way more fun for me!

Dru said...

I'm so happy that the weather is going to cooperate because I'm going to watch the parade.

Sheila Connolly said...

Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

Yes, there's a corned beef with my name on it, lurking in my fridge. And a loaf of soda bread I've been saving.

Lover of Books said...

Thinking bout making Soda Bread today. :) I like it plain with no raisins in it. I know I know I'm weird plus I'm out. lol

Kiddos are wearing green and I am going to pull out my green sweater and I put an orange cami underneath it. Obnoxious but my fav! If I can find my claddagh wedding jewelry I'll wear that too. :)

Linda said...

Our main celebration will to just have a nice quiet dinner at home....corned beef. I am wearing green, have my 4 leaf clover pin on, and I always have my shamrock tattoo on me!
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

Andrea C. said...

Always corned beef on St. Patrick's day...and to our local pub Jackie O's for Irish dancing. We are actually Italian, but EVERYBODY is Irish on St. Patty's day! :)

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Heather Webber said...

My daughter made sure to wear green to school so she wouldn't get pinched--and my son had Lucky Charms for breakfast. That's about the extent of our St. Patrick's Day festivities. My Callahan ancestors are probably rolling in their graves...

Vicki said...

I'm with Heather...wore green today as did hubby but that's pretty much it. Oooh, wait...I had a donut with green shamrock sprinkles on it. That must count for something. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Hey, Deb---I'm traveling back to Colorado today. But for someone like me with an Irish-English father and a maiden name of Conlan, your town's celebration sounds right up my alley. What fun! I may be tempted to show up there sometime for the party. :)