St. Patrick’s Day Across the United States

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? If so, how do you do it? Across America, many people celebrate the day with many different traditions. You may enjoy watching a televised parade with your family. Or you may enjoy being a part of the action out there on the street with bagpipers all around you. Here are some of the traditions you may find on St. Patrick’s Day throughout the United States.

In Illinois, the Chicago River is dyed green each year to symbolize Ireland’s green countryside. It takes 40 pounds of environmentally safe dye to turn the river the perfect shade of Irish green for about 3-4 hours. This privately funded exhibition will be done on Saturday March 15th this year at about 9:30 in the morning.

The town of Shamrock, Texas has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day since 1938 with a parade and festival that lasts a few days. People gather throughout the town to enjoy the festival’s Irish music, parades, motorcycle rally, beauty pageant, craft show, carnival and more.

In Hoboken, New Jersey people gather to enjoy a huge St. Patrick’s Day parade that travels down Washington Street from 14th St to 1st Street. This particular parade experienced some controversy back in the 2000’s when many people were sited with public intoxication. There is now much more enforcement of public intoxication laws during this event.

Of course, drinking some green beer is a tradition that a lot of people like to keep each St. Patrick’s Day. Having a few drinks with friends can be fun, but remember to be responsible when drinking alcohol. Have a great, safe St. Patrick’s Day this year no matter how you plan on celebrating it. Call us if you have any concerns about your insurance and how it could handle anything that could go wrong this St. Patrick’s Day.


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