Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day. March 17th is the Irish holiday celebrated not only in Ireland but other countries as well. Everyone likes to party on this festive day, whether you’re Irish or not. So put on some green and let’s get the party started.
A bit of History
But first, who is this St. Patrick fellow in the first place? And what exactly are we celebrating?
St. Patrick is a 5th-century missionary responsible for bringing Christianity to Ireland. He was given the title of “Saint” when he performed the miracle of chasing all the snakes out of Ireland. He died on March 17th and thus this day is called St. Patrick’s Day. The day is celebrated as a religious day in remembrance of St. Patrick. It’s also a cultural day to celebrate the country of Ireland.
St. Patrick began gaining global popularity around the world but no definite reason as to why. Some believe it’s due in part to the Irish immigration which happened over the past 200 years or so. We’ve seen celebrations in the US as early as the 1800’s.
But now fast forward to present time, it’s just an excuse to party and drink beer.
And party we will. Every year we have the grandest party in the Pacific to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Murphy’s Bar & Grill has been sponsoring the huge block party for over 30 years now. The streets of Nu’uanu and Merchant will be blocked off. The party starts at 6pm and runs into the night.
Thousands of people from the area will be coming dressed in green. So don’t forget yours. The traditional corn beef will be served, lots of pub grub, and other booths serving food and drinks. Irish beer, live music, dancing, DJ’s, and so much more.
Don’t forget about the parade either. Earlier in the day around 12pm, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will be making its way through Waikiki. The parade starts at Fort DeRussy and comes straight down Kalakaua Ave, ending at Kapiolani Park. You will see a number of Irish bands and music in the parade, and plenty of Irish food and entertainment at the park afterward.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
So don’t forget to wear some green to avoid getting pinched. And may the luck of the Irish be upon each and everyone of you. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all.
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