Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Every year in mid-March, we are told to wear green to prevent getting pinched by others. Stores are immersed in shades of green, fast food restaurants advertise dyed green drinks and food, and the nation is infested by leprechauns. St. Patrick’s Day or St. Paddy’s Day commemorates Irish culture and heritage, and the introduction of Christianity in Ireland. 

St. Patrick was a pioneer of his time who led missionaries to Ireland. The holiday was created to honor his great impact on American traditions, values, and architecture. Over 4 million Irish immigrants arrived in America during the 1800s and 1900s because of the Potato Famine in Ireland, making America appear as a land for freedom and opportunity. When millions of Irish immigrated to the US, they carried over their culture and traditions. 

Around the world, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated through festivals, parades, the search for 4-leaf clovers, enjoying green-colored treats, and wearing green attire. The Chicago River has been dyed green annually as a tradition to commemorate St. Patrick. McDonalds offers the Shamrock Shake and Shamrock McFlurry from late February through mid-March. Lucky Charms has a St. Patrick’s Day limited edition that includes clover marshmallows that will turn your milk green. Crumbl Cookies is offering St. Paddy’s themed cookies including Original ft. Lucky Charms, Mint Brownie, and a sugar cookie topped with a gold coin. Customers can get a free green-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut by wearing green.

Newport News Parks is hosting a Sham-ROCK event on City Center at Oyster Point from 5-8pm. The festival will include performances of the Newport News Police Pipes and Drums, the Rhythm of Ireland School of Irish Dance, and the Whiskey Rebellion. If you enjoy music ranging from bluegrass to rock and roll, then this event will be your pot of gold! The event also features Irish dancers, food vendors, games, and giveaways.

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish heritage that transformed America’s culture and commemorates the diversity of America. Put your electronics down and find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or that lucky four-leaf clover.