We are sharing some local events to help you celebrate this lucky holiday including parades, Irish restaurants, and local events! Plus, learn a little history to share while celebrating at the local pub!
Did you know? St. Patrick's day was originally celebrated in 1631 with a church feast celebrating St. Patrick. But who was he?
According to historians, St. Patrick was a roman citizen, enslaved and taken to Ireland. It is unclear whether he eventually escaped or was released. But, he later became a priest who went back to Ireland and converted Druids to Christians. This is where his supposed "luck" came into play.
It wasn't until the 18th century that this infamous holiday began to shape into a party scene, thanks to the holiday falling right during lent, giving Christians a day off from their abstinence.
A few fun facts to share:
- 1762 was the first parade in New York.
- The original color associated with the day was actually blue!
- The green beer didn't happen until the late 20th century when Ireland repealed a law that kept pubs closed down for the day. With a little marketing help from Budweiser in the 1980's, downing beer then became an infamous way to celebrate!
Now, here are some fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this weekend in our local area:
Friday March 13th 8PM - Midnight
Visit Jack Quinn's Irish Pub and Alehouse for a Guinness and a live performance by the band, The McDeviants.
Saturday March 14th 9AM, 10AM, 11AM
Saturday March 14th 12PM
Grab those shamrocks and dress up in your favorite Irish gear for the 38th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Colorado Springs.
Woodland Park & Surrounding:
Thursday March 17th
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some amazing food including Guinness Meat Pie, or Patty Cakes (Pizza Pies) at McGinty's Wood Oven Pub in Divide, Colorado.
Saturday March 12th 12PM
Come to the mountains for the 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade plus Pub & Food Crawl! Plus, a $5 stamp card will entitle you to ONE discount or food/beverage special at local participating vendors.
Thursday March 17th 4PM
Rhapsody Bar is a music themed bohemian style bar with a focus on amazing cocktails, shareable food and, of course, great music located in downtown Woodland Park. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a short Irish Themed Dance Performance, a Bagpiper, and food & drink specials all night!