St. Patrick’s Day in America is a remembrance of the most famous Irish legend, who died on March 17 sometime around the year 492. It’s largely a celebration of the Irish-American culture in the United States. Americans love to wear the green, revel in all things Irish. and of course quaff green beer!
What you may not know is that all this Irish merry-making started in Boston, Massachusetts and repeats itself largely in the United States alone. In Ireland, it’s a traditional day of solemnity with Catholics attending church in the morning and gathering for modest feasts in the afternoon. No parades, no green-tinted foods and no “wearing of the green.” In Ireland, blue is the traditional color associated with Ireland’s patron saint.
Parades, concerts, and events that likely have ole St. Patrick rolling in his grave keep his memory alive not just in Ireland but especially in America, and even along the Treasure Coast.
St. Patrick’s Day events along the Treasure Coast range from parades to pub crawls and festivals for the kids. Here are a few nearby:
Saturday, March 14, 2:00 – 11:00 PM
Downtown Fort Pierce Pubs and Play
A Block Party in downtown Fort Pierce will shut down 2nd Street to celebrate the luck of the Irish. Live music on stage, street pubs, and kid’s area for the wee ones.
Sunday, March 15, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
The parade route begins at Church Street and Indian River Drive and moves southbound along Indian River Drive to Jensen Beach Blvd. then continues west through downtown Jensen Beach to Pineapple Avenue. Presented by Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill and organized by the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce. www.jbstpatricksparade.com
Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day with the Prestage Brothers
Real Swamp Music with a Twist of the Irish!
Lastly, for all of us who are, or pretending to be, Irish this month, a list of Irish Bars Near Us.