St. Patty's Day is a great Irish Holiday Americans love to celebrate. Drink up!
St. Patrick’s Day Contrary to popular belief, the first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place in the United States. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City in proud revelry and display of their Irish roots, as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army. Today, the national celebration of the luck of the Irish comes in the form of massive parades, green beer and quirky traditions. The South plays host to a number of noteworthy annual celebrations, all of which offer plenty of opportunities to listen to live music, view parades and paint the town green.
Where to spend St. Paddy’s Day
Savannah, GA: Forsyth Park
A sea of green floods the streets of Savannah every year in recognition of the many Irish immigrants ousted from their homelands by famine who helped create a thriving community. The city will host its 189th St. Patrick’s Day celebration this year, a historical event that packs one of the largest parade processions in the nation. One of the major events of the celebration includes the annual Greening of the Fountain tradition held at Forsyth Park, the Tara Feis Irish Celebration, the exciting St. Patrick’s Day parade, River Street and City Market celebrations, plus more.
New Orleans, LA: Tracey’s
2604 Magazine Street
Celebrate the Gaelic tradition in style with six annual parades held across The Big Easy from the top o’ the morning to dawn. Second only to Mardi Gras in scale, New Orlean’s annual celebration of its Irish heritage draws visitors from all across the nation. One of the most popular places to gather in the city is Tracey’s Irish Channel bar, a neighborhood landmark that packs plenty of green beer for thirsty partiers.
Memphis, TN: Silky O’Sullivan’s
Silky O’Sullivans offers a great way to spend St. Paddy’s adjacent to Beale Street’s annual parade in. This famous Downtown Memphis dive plays host to the “raising of the goat,” a yearly tradition that involves hoisting the bar’s signature cloven-hoofed mainstays on a mechanical lift above a jovial crowd of onlookers.
Magical Leprechaun Pudding is a yummy snack for St. Patrick’s Day and can also be used as a great little science experiment for the kids too!
white vanilla pudding
yellow and blue food coloring
green sugar crystals
Things You’ll Need
Spoon some vanilla pudding into ziploc baggies. Add a few drops of yellow and a few drops of blue food coloring to the pudding. Zip the bag closed and let each kid gently squish the bag until the “magic” begins. The pudding will start to change from white/yellow/blue to green. After the pudding magically changes, cut a small hole in the corner of the baggie and squeeze the pudding into a cup or bowl. Add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with green sugar crystals and enjoy!
Lucky Lime Salad
Prep: 20 min. + chilling
Yield: 9 Servings
1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cups whipped topping
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
1 package (6 ounces) lime gelatin
2-1/2 cups boiling water
In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water. Chill until slightly thickened. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, lemon juice and whipped topping until smooth; stir into gelatin. Fold in pineapple.
Pour into a greased 9-in. square dish. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
For shamrocks, dissolve gelatin in boiling water.
Pour into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. pan. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
Using a 2-in. shamrock-shaped cookie cutter, cut plain gelatin into nine shamrocks. Cut gelatin mixture into nine squares; top each with a gelatin shamrock. Yield: 9 servings.
1 serving (1 piece) equals 200 calories, 6 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 93 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.
Recipe from TasteOfHome
Corned Beef and Cabbage - Irish Style
4 lbs flat cut corned beef brisket
1 (12 ounce) bottle Guinness draught (make sure you use Guinness draught, not stout as it will turn it bitter!)
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into wedges
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8-1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 head cabbage, cut into wedges, rinsed and drained
6 medium white potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 -2 lb carrot, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
1. Rinse corned beef under cold water, and pat dry.
2. In a Dutch oven, or other large pot with a cover, brown corned beef well on all sides over high heat.
3. Pour Guinness over the meat, and add enough water to just cover the brisket.
4. Add the onion, garlic, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and pepper to the pot.
5. Bring pot to a boil and skim off any foam.
6. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover pot and simmer for 3 hours.
7. Add carrots, then potatoes and then the cabbage wedges to the pot.
8. Cover pot, and continue cooking until meat and vegetables are tender (about 20-30 minutes).
9. Remove meat and vegetables to warm serving platter/dishes, leaving the cooking liquid/sauce in the pot.
10. Over high heat, bring the cooking liquid to a boil, and cook until the amount of liquid is reduced by half (about 10 minutes).
11. Slice the corned beef; serve with the vegetables and the sauce on the side.
12. Note: Corned beef should always be sliced across the grain.