ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: St. Patrick’s Day Traditions


Dean Spitz

Green beer, Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s, special TV programming and overcrowded pubs are just a few elements of the American celebration. It’s custom to wear irish rugby shirts or leprechaun hats. Also custom is the rise of criminal activity. According to the Zuckerman Law Firm, some of the most common criminal charges on St. Patrick’s Day are public drunkenness, public urination and defecation, disorderly conduct and underage drinking. “My family does not drink much. We watch the parade on TV instead,” junior Spencer Tritto said.

Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated annually on March 17. For many it’s an excuse to party, wear green, or even parade. New York City is famously known to host St. Patrick’s Day events. It’s safe to say Saint Patrick’s Day is ingrained into modern culture. The Irish celebrate differently.

For starters they generally don’t wear green. It’s custom to wear a shamrock pin that has been blessed by Bishops from all over Ireland. This is known as the “Blessing of the Shamroc.” Families also attend church as it’s considered a holy day by the entire country. Saint Patrick was the Patron Saint of Ireland and brought Christianity to the country. The holiday is a celebration of his influence and his missionary work. In contrast most of America uses the day to have fun, detached from any religion or deeper meaning.

It’s important for people to remember to be safe and smart while celebrating the holiday. Many people went to Shamrock Fest, a festival celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  In Chicago tourists gazed upon a river dyed green, as is tradition. And while in DC ‘The Donald’ wore a green tie. Many themed cocktail events were also held nationwide. “I always try to mix it up when I celebrate. I went out to DC to parade.” sophomore Sam Alborta said.

Jared Epstein

Staff Writer