Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Top o' the Morning!

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!

St. Patrick's Day



Blogger Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Scranton Pa. is the home of a lot of Irish descendents also. Scranton's St. Patrick's Day parade is supposedly the fifth in the nation and it is the birth place of our vice president, Hiliary Clinton's family and Regis Philbin also had family in Scranton. Our local PBS station did a film on the Irish immigrants in our area and it was extremely interesting. Did you know that the Irish were the first to establish Volunteer Fire Company's???

March 17, 2010 at 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Hubby is 1/2 Irish & that is enough for me!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

March 17, 2010 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

Happy St. Pat's Day!!!!!

"Eirinn Go Brach" Did you see the River Dancers on the TV today?


March 17, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger GWENDOLYN said...

Happy St. Patty's day to you! Love your postcard... I used the same on my post.

March 17, 2010 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...


The Irish have such a rich history in this country! Probably mostly in the bigger cities, originally. I didn't know about the Volunteer Fire Companies, but that makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the info!


March 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...


Half Irish is too much, eh? :)


March 18, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...


I didn't see the River Dancers, but I LOVE that kind of dancing! I wish I could dance like that (I wish I could dance at all!) :)


March 18, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...


I thought that postcard was particularly nice! Did you go for the green eyeliner? :)


March 18, 2010 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger The Victorian Parlor said...

I've heard that Chicago has a wonderful celebration for St. Patrick's Day! Savannah also dyes the river green and has a huge celebration thus why we stay home-too crowded:).



March 19, 2010 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...


Yeah, we never go to the parades here, either. Too many people and too much drinking! That's cool that Savannah dyes their river, too! I wonder how many other cities do that?


March 19, 2010 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

That is the best Top of the Morning... Just checking in... Yvonne

March 20, 2010 at 5:56 AM  
Anonymous Andrea at My Feathered Nest said...

Well, I'm Italian, not Irish...my maternal grandparents came here from Sicily. But, my Mom's sister Rose married a 100% Irishman named George and my Uncle George was a fire chief in Connecticut. I wore green on St. Patty's Day and a green Victorian necklace.
I love your blog so much.

March 20, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Andrea!

My mom isn't Irish at all, but she always made sure us kids had something green to wear on St. Pat's Day. I think everyone who wants to can be a bit Irish, if only for a day! :) I really enjoy reading your blog as well. Thanks for stopping by!


March 20, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

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