an excuse to drink
Probably every traveler’s bucket list includes “attending St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland”. Since I was there during the summer term, I got the opportunity to join the festivities that are held on the 17th of March. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland since he played an important role in converting Ireland's inhabitants to Christianity. According to legend, he also drove all the snakes from the island – but that’s another story.
Anyway, nowadays the holiday exceeds its initial purpose as a religious feast day by far and is celebrated all over the world. Thus, you have parades, crowded streets, loads of alcohol, cheerful people in almost every town in Ireland. And the most important thing: everything has to be green – from the clothes and matching accessories too green colored beer and decorated shops. (Most of) the Irish are really passionate about their big day of the year, or they use it as an excuse to get really wrecked.
The early bird gets the beer
My first St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland started as early as half past nine in the morning. A friend of mine invited us over to his place in order to warm up for the parade. I tried to combat my slight fatigue from the Pre-Party on the previous night with a cold beer. Soon we played the usual party games, and everyone slowly got into the “St. Paddy’s Day mood”. Afterwards, we made our way into the city center to join the crowd who had been waiting to see the parade.
The parade itself wasn’t that impressive but still everyone was having a good craic with so many people around. As there was no music on the streets we later decided to go back to our apartments to play some games again, where a few Americans joined our group.
A couple hours later the hard-core people returned to the city – some of us had already had enough Paddy day at this point. However, then the real party had just begun – crowded pubs, good-humored folks, awesome music and continuous pints rounded the long day off appropriately.