St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with quite a bit of enthusiasm in these parts, with plenty of corned beef and cabbage to be had, the wearin’ of the green the fashion of the day, Irish music being played in pubs and on the radio, and local television stations featuring everything from how to make green beer local step dancing troupes performing.
Chicago and the suburbs surrounding it boast a large Irish American population; a proud people whose heritage enriches the lives of all us, especially Herself, for you see, Himself is half Irish. Here on the Cutoff, we celebrate with a slow cooked corned beef cabbage and carrot dinner, which is preceded by aromas wafting from the oven of Irish soda bread, and, yes, a glass of beer raise in a toast with. My soda bread recipe is here, as well as how it came to be in our family.
The City of Chicago has several St. Patrick’s Day parades, one down Columbus Drive along Lake Michigan, the other on Chicago’s south side, with several suburbs boasting large parades as well. I know for I’ve marched in a few myself.
Come mid March, the Chicago River faithfully turns a shade of emerald green; a sight to behold, especially for a river that flows backwards.
Now, my friends, I’m a bit sluggish today for all the soda bread I’ve stuffed into my mouth, so I’ll leave you with these few pictures, links, and video of St. Paddy’s Day the Chicago way.
Himself and I enjoy the lilt and lyrics of a well-known Chicago group called Arranmore. I’ve posted about their rendition of Danny Boy, which always has us weeping, here. They have another song, which plays on local radio shows on St. Patrick’s Day, that is always good fun to hear. It is called South Side Irish.
Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Have you ever marched in a parade?