St Patrick’s Day is almost here and boy, are we excited for a festival of green here at Sir Holiday. However, you and your family may not yet be fully into the spirit, the question is why? Have you not considered buying an insanely bright and bedazzled green outfit for the occasion, are you not a fan of leprechauns or are you just not aware that on a day fast approaching plenty of people around the world will be eating a bunch of food that is dyed green? Perhaps the best way to foster the spirit of the day within you is to delve into a variety of traditions from this day emanating from all everywhere, let’s give it a go.
Now most people tend to pride themselves with having the biggest object or parade, but not in Arkansas. In Hot Springs, Arkansas the citizens are over the moon that they have managed to create the world’s shortest parade each year in lieu of St Patrick’s Day. The parade takes place on Bridge Street, which is a mere 98 feet and features a wide variety of attractions. A couple of things that you can expect to see there include many Irish Elvis duplications, Irish dancers, and a troupe of mature individuals who make up the Lards of the Dance.
If we travel right across the waters over to New London there is even more action taking place. In the town of New London, every year around St Patrick’s Day a group of people from the local Shamrock Club will band together and dress as leprechauns. However, they aren’t merely dressing up for the fun of it, there is a purpose to their outfits. The leprechauns run around the town and change all of the signs from New London to New Dublin in the build-up to St Patrick’s Day and it confuses everybody beyond imagination.
Every year the Chicago waters are dyed a beautiful bright green for St Patrick’s Day, this tradition has existed for over forty years and shows no signs of changing.
All the way out in Nebraska, in a town known as O’Neil there is quite a Irish community and they like to make a splash for good ol’ St Patrick. The town has a permanent painting of a shamrock in the intersection between Route 281 and Highway 20. The town has a strong Irish connection that is highlighted throughout the area with tours and signs everywhere. In order to celebrate St Patrick’s Day properly, the town has a huge festival each year, that has the highlight of a reading of Dr Seuss’ classic ‘Green eggs and ham’ as well as shows of feats from hypnotists. However, interestingly enough the inhabitants of this town choose to celebrate being Irish year round and therefore they choose to wear green on the 17th day of each month and not just on March the 17th for St Patrick’s Day.
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