Happy St. Patrick's Day to all from Chicago, Illinois!
We already had our big St. Pat's Parade this past weekend. In Chicago, we do it up big for St. Patrick's Day. We even dye the river green!
There are a lot of people of Irish heritage in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. And a lot of Irish pubs! My husband is about 75% Irish and I'm a wee bit Irish (about 12.5%). We're cooking up a big pot of vegetarian Irish stew for our dinner on the 17th.
I love traditional Irish music and watching Irish dancing! My favorite Irish musical group is Cherish the Ladies. Be sure to see them if they perform in your area. They put on a great show!
Here's a little history of St. Patrick's Day in the U.S.
And finally, if you have 86 minutes to spare, you can watch the excellent PBS special, Irish Chicago, produced by WTTW-Chicago. Not only will you learn a lot about the Irish in Chicago, you will learn about Irish immigration and heritage in America in general. Lots of Victorian era information and pictures!
á Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!