St. Patrick’s Day - America goes Irish

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You can see why Chicago is the top-rated U.S. city for St. Patrick's Day. submitted photo

Lexington Park, MD - Americans probably don’t do St. Patrick’s Day the same way the residents of Ireland do. After whiskey and Guinness there are probably some stark contrasts. Still, a long list of communities in the United States will be marking St. Patrick’s Day their way.

According to the web site WalletHub, the top five U.S. cities for St. Patrick’s Day are—1. Chicago, IL; 2. Philadelphia, PA; 3. Madison, WI; 4. Boston, MA; and 5. Tampa, FL. It perhaps seems strange that New York City isn’t in the top five. What’s really strange is, New York isn’t even number six on the list. That distinction belongs to Naperville, IL—a western suburb of Chicago and a city with a population of almost 148,000 on the banks of the mighty DuPage River. Naperville started their celebrating Saturday, March 16, first with a 5-kilometer race followed by a parade. The race is a production of the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise. Proceeds from the race are used to provide health-related services to those in need. Race officials cap participation at 3,000 entrants. According to the Naperville City web site, numerous taverns and restaurants will be serving Irish fare March 17. The list includes Fat Rosie’s Taco and Tequila Bar, which proclaimed “we are turning Irish for the weekend.” Special menu items include corned beef tacos, Rosie’s Irish Margarita and Mexican Whiskey Sour.

New York City is number seven on the list followed by Pittsburgh, PA, Rockford, IL and Dayton, OH. Not on the list is Washington, DC, which cancelled its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade due to rising security costs. The Nation’s Capital must abide by security requirements that were established after a July 2016 Bastille Day event in Nice, France was the target of a motor vehicle attack (a tractor trailer drove through the crowd). That incident claimed over 80 lives.

There are several St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Southern Maryland. For example, Toot’s Bar in Hollywood will have Never 2 Late playing from 3 to 7 p.m. No shamrock, here—it’s real rock. Calvert Tap House in Prince Frederick is having its St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Shenanigans with corned beef and cabbage and DJ Dave from 3 to 7 p.m. In La Plata, the Greene Turtle will open at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 17 serving “Kegs and Eggs.” Later, DJ Bulldog will be pumping the music. You may not be in Ireland or even Naperville, but you can still celebrate the saint who drove out the snakes right in your own community. reminds you that law enforcement will be vigilant this weekend so have a designated driver if you plan on drinking and pub-hopping.

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