March 13, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that has become associated with consuming copious amounts of emerald tinged beer in crowded pubs – but what if you’re not into drinking?  Can you still have fun in the sea of green?  Of course!  

Whether you stay in and enjoy a great movie night or you bravely venture out into the masses, there are plenty of ways to commemorate the fun occasion without raising your blood alcohol level. Here are just five of the ways in which you can feel lucky without feeling tipsy!

Find a Parade

Most major cities (and more than a few small towns) will have some sort of St. Patrick’s Day parade complete with leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, festive music and every other stereotypical “Irish” tradition associated with this fun holiday. Search on the Internet and head out early with the family to find a good spot to sit and soak in the activities.

Watch Great Movies

The weather in the middle of March tends to be cool, which makes the idea of staying in for a night on the couch even more inviting.  Of course, there are those awful guilty-pleasure Leprechaun movies but you can also check out some great Irish films including Leap Year, Once, Finian’s Rainbow, Waking Ned Divine or Angela’s Ashes.

Play Dress Up

St. Patrick’s Day is known for being a bit silly and over-the-top. Find some giant hats, oversized sunglasses, fake pots of gold, flashing jewelry, press-on tattoos and more to celebrate the occasion (don’t forget something that says “kiss me, I’m Irish!”). Feel free to decorate your home, office or car too!

Make “Green” Food

Food coloring is a great way to take some everyday items and make them more festive. Serve green eggs and ham for breakfast, bake green cupcakes for your workplace or go with more traditional foods such as cream of potato soup (green coloring is optional!), Irish soda bread, stew, corned beef or shepherd’s pie.

Twist and Shout

Above all, remember that you can have a lot of fun singing and dancing your cares away while staying sober. Organize a night out with friends or have everyone over for an evening of fun, then let yourself get lost in the music and good times. If your friends insist on going on, go with them and be the designated driver.

It might seem like you have to chug a pint of green beer to truly experience the bliss of St. Patrick’s Day but there are many ways to celebrate and have a great time.  Have a safe and happy holiday and may the luck o’ the Irish be with you!