How Are You Celebrating St. Patrick's Day?
It really doesn't matter how much Irish is in our ancestry, we always seem to find a little on St. Patrick's Day.
Today is St. Patrick's Day and it is expected to be widely celebrated, as it always is, in the U.S.
It's not hard to understand why. Since America is such a melting pot, we celebrate many traditions from other countries, be it Mardi Gras, Cinco De Mayo or St. Paddy's Day.
While corned beef and cabbage isn't really considered traditional American cuisine, it is likely to be this weekend. Althought adopted as a traditional St. Patrick's Day meal, it's not as traditional as bangers and mash and actually began in New York City. According to History.com, in 2009 about 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the United States. No doubt a larger proportion than usual is consumed on St. Patrick's Day.
There has already been the annual Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade as well as the big one in Savannah. According to the city's website, of the more than 100 St. Patrick's Day parades in the U.S. every year, the one in Savannah is consistently one of the largest.
There are also many other St. Patrick's Day celebrations in almost every community each year. So what's it for you, a parade with the family, corned beef and cabbage, or a night on the town with a heavy consumption of green beer and the Guinness?
How do you plan to celebrate St. Paddy's Day and is it part of an annual tradition for you?