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St. Patrick's Day has become about as Americanized as Independence Day. Consider, the very FIRST St. Patrick's Day wasn't even celebrated in Ireland. It's first recorded observance came on March 17th, 1762 in New York City. But, lets not split hairs about that. Let's get to the nitty gritty of the things we do on St. Patrick's Day that couldn't be LESS Irish.

  1. Pinching people for not wearing green. Most people hate that. Also, the official color of St. Patrick is Blue, not green. Stop pinching people.

  2. Drinking green beer. That's about as Irish as Darth Vader's light saber. Most bars in Ireland don't serve green beer. Wanna keep it authentic on SPD; drink Guiness or Irish Whiskey. But, don't drive.

  3. Drinking or ASKING for an Irish Car Bomb. To the uninitiated, this drink entails dropping a shot of Irish whiskey into a pint of Irish stout and slamming it. First of all, this drink will pretty much end your day/night. Also, it's probably the most offensive drink you can order on SPD. Click HERE to find out why.

  4. St. Patty vs. St. Paddy - know the difference. Paddy is derived from the Irish, Pádraig: the source of those mysterious, emerald double-Ds. Patty is the diminutive of Patricia, or a burger, and just not something you call a fella. There isn't a sinner in Ireland that would refer to a Patrick as “Patty”. It's as simple as that. There are also some racial undertones in there. During the early 1900's, Irish people were looked upon unfavorably and thus, there's a reason they call the giant police van/bus, a PADDY wagon. If you're unsure, it's best to just stick with St. Patrick's Day.

And there ya have it! Have a fun and SAFE St. Patrick's Day.


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