Parades & Green Beer To Fill Up America’s Weekend
The scene to be green is set, and America is rolling out the green carpet for this big event.
March 16-17 is St. Patrick’s Day weekend, a Saturday and Sunday that will have much of the country drinking colored beer, wearing colored glasses, singing Irish folk songs (even tho they barely know some of the words) and yelling out “Erin Go Bragh!”
Americans, no matter what their heritage, will be Irish not for just a day in 2019, but two days. And while the parade rages in places like Boston, Chicago and New York, it will also be going strong in lesser-known St. Paddy’s Day hotbeds such as Honolulu (yes, Honolulu), Pittsburgh St. Louis and Savannah, GA.
It’s also good to be green in some even less likely places, like right here in Hermosa Beach, CA, which has a parade of its own. Hey it’s only a dozen blocks long and you’ll never mistake it for the one in, say Chicago, but if even this little community can have such a time for St. Patrick’s Day, you know it’s a party all across the USA.
Personally, I love it. And not just because my name if Kevin. And I love beer. Although those two things certainly, help, of course.
I really got into this thing when I lived in Savannah. I had been told the city has a pretty big celebration but not until I saw it did I realize exactly how big of a celebration. I’m talking a city of about 150,000 at the time more than doubling in size. People routinely popping beers at 8 a.m. A two-hour parade. A huge shoulder-to-shoulder scene down on River Street.
Hermosa, nor anywhere here in Los Angeles, will be quite that wild. Too bad, for I miss it come St. Paddy’s Day. After all, it’s a time to celebrate for us Americans because who can’t be Irish for a day? Or two?