August 17, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day: 6 Ways to Celebrate the Irish

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st patricks day paradeWe’re headed to Ireland this summer and I finally bit the bullet and bought our airline tickets to Cork yesterday (yikes, not cheap to fly to Ireland). With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this weekend, the timing seemed perfect to finalize our air travel plans for our three-week journey overseas.

With the Irish on my brain, I naturally started to think about what to do here in the States to learn more about Irish heritage and history. Take a look at six activities worth exploring for St. Patrick’s Day to get up-to-speed on all things Irish.

1. Visit the Irish American Heritage Museum. You don’t need to be of Irish descent to enjoy this museum in Albany, NY that’s dedicated to preserving and sharing Irish contributions to American culture. Look for a number of exhibits on the arts, religion, music and dance, even concerts and genealogy workshops.

2. Ponder the Great Irish Famine and Migration at the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City. This memorial serves as a reminder to the millions of New Yorkers and Americans who trace their heritage to Ireland of the forced migration caused by the potato famine in the mid-1800s.

3. Take a walk on the Irish Heritage Trail in Boston. Saunter along one of three trails to see a variety of landmarks of Irish-American heroes from the 1700s to present day in Massachusetts. Or, get a spot on a 75-minute guided tour on weekends to re-visit 300 years of unique Irish history in Boston.

4. Watch an Irish dancing performance. There are a variety of schools for Irish dancing all over the country and with St. Patrick’s Day coming up this weekend, there’s a good chance one or more dance troupes will be performing near you. Several will be performing at Boston’s Quincy Market on Sunday (3/17).

5. Camp out and watch a St. Patrick’s Day parade. In Chicago alone, there will be multiple parades to mark St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday (3/16) and Sunday (3/17), complete with marching bands, floats and dance groups. Also, look out for the annual river dying of the Chicago River on Saturday at 10 am.

6. Keep your eyes open for local Irish Festivals, featuring booths selling Irish and Celtic products, Irish music, dancing, workshops, displays and children’s activities. One to check out is put on this year by the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.

What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day weekend? Let me know in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: Bennett V

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