That Irish blood is everywhere...Even in my house!
I think my mom, myself and my sister Jet are the only ones in our household who don't have any Irish heritage.
But even as I was growing up we had always celebrated St. Patrick's Day by eating some very un-vegan foods and my dear beloved Mama would always bake up one of her amazing Irish Soda Breads (her best friend was Irish). Ahhh the sweet memories...
These days Dave C. gives me the day off in the kitchen and makes the family a delicious vegan Irish Stew and a vegan version of Corned un-Beef and Cabbage. On that note - I still need to run to the store and pick up a few (most) of the ingredients.
Last years stew
However, my most memorable St. Patricks Day was spent in Ireland and going to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin!
And I am so excited that we are planning another trip back to the Emerald Isle (Ireland) in March 2018 to see what I consider one of the GREATEST parades around!
Speaking of great parades and festivals for St. Patrick's Day, here is a list compiled by Fodor's Travel of:
The World's Biggest St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
#1 NEW YORK New York hosts the country’s (and the world's) largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration, with more than two million people gathering for the city’s grand parade on March 17. There are no floats or cars allowed in the parade, which features bands, bagpipes, and dancers, and typically between 150,000 to 250,000 participants. The tradition itself dates back to 1762, making the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade older than the U.S. itself. The parade starts at 11 am and lasts about six hours! #2 DUBLIN Of course, Dublin hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, five days filled with boat races, the Irish Beer & Whiskey Festival, music and street performances, and a spectacular parade. #3 SYDNEY The Sydney Opera House turns green for St. Patrick’s Day and so does the rest of the city. With a huge themed parade (dating back more than 200 years) on the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day, there’s also pre- and post- parade entertainment along the streets of Sydney. The parade itself is one of the largest in the world, and the only one organized and sponsored by the Irish Community and Government. #4 CHICAGO The city of Chicago truly commits to St. Patrick’s Day by dyeing the Chicago River green every season. The tradition dates back to 1961, when the chairman of the annual parade saw green dye in the river (which at the time was used to identify a sewage problem) and got the idea to use it for the upcoming holiday. On the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, this year falling on March 12, more than 400,000 people gather along the Chicago River to watch 45 pounds of environmentally-safe vegetable dye turn the murky river a bright shade of green. #5 MONTREAL Since its inauguration in 1824, the Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade has never been cancelled, regardless of poor weather in past years. The festivities take place on the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day and includes floats, bands, and plenty of costumes. The three-hour parade features a massive replica of St. Patrick, which announces the beginning of the celebration. #6 LONDON #7 MONTSERRAT #8 SAVANNAH #9 MUNICH #10 BUENOS AIRES
Fun Stuff!!! And lastly here are some more fun things that we published last St. Patrick's Day about St. Patrick and about Ireland: 15 Facts about St. Patrick and Top 15 Places to Visit in Ireland!CLICK HERE to read more.
I'll be heading on out now (gotta finish that shopping)!
I wish you a very happy and safe St. Patrick's Day - don't do anything I wouldn't do!
Until tomorrow, -T
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Throwin' it Back on St. Pat's
Howdy!! A big Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! What a lovely day for a Parade here in Manhattan!
I don't know if I mentioned it, but last week I had to bring my laptop in since it would not turn on. It had to be sent out for repair
Well today I head back to the Apple Store to pick it up. I cannot wait!! I have missed my MacBook Air so much!!
Poor Gianna - she's been in pain the past few days from her new braces. I cannot believe my first born is in braces!! I did before during and after shots of my tinsel teeth girl!!
It's only a matter of time before Kelsey gets her braces on as well. Hopefully it will be when Gianna is out of them so momma isn't paying for both kids in braces at the same time.
Oh the lovely smiles my girls will have!!!
Yes, as we know, today is St. Patrick's Day. What better way to "throw it back" then to look back to the wonderful Daily Scoop from March 17, 2015!
15 Facts about St. Patrick and Top 15 Places to Visit in Ireland!CLICK HERE to read more.
Visiting Ireland was one of my all-time FAVORITE trips! I loved the country, the people, the history and most of all, I loved that it was my girls' first trip to Europe.
WE traveled the counties of Shannon and Cork and stayed at the famous, Dromoland Castle!
It was probably one of THE BEST family trips we ever had!