10 fun traditions to look forward to this Saint Patrick’s Day

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chicagomag.com

Chicago, Illinois is a popular tourist destination, during Saint Patrick’s Day.

Lauren Fife, Staff Reporter

1. Chicago’s Green River- Every year, the Chicago River is dyed green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Tourists flock to Chicago to get a glimpse of a green river.
2. Leprechauns- These guys came from Irish legends, and they are said to be especially active on St. Patty’s Day.
3. Shamrocks- These clovers are closely associated with St. Patrick’s Day, and many people wear them as decorations on their clothes.
4. Wearing Green- Green is the color most associated with Ireland, so it has become a tradition to wear green clothing and jewelry to celebrate.
5. Pinching People Who Do Not Wear Green- Irish legends say that on, St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns will come out and pinch anyone that refuses to wear the color green. It has become a common activity now to pinch family and friends that are not wearing green.
6. Irish Music- Traditional Irish music is often played on this holiday to celebrate Irish culture. This music is usually made using traditional Irish instruments, such as the fiddle and the tin whistle.
7. Corned Beef and Cabbage- For years, Americans celebrating St. Patrick’s Day have eaten cabbage with their meals. In Ireland, people eat Irish bacon with the cabbage, but bacon is often substituted with corned beef in America.
8. Snakes- Snakes are a common symbol of St. Patrick’s Day. This is derived from the legend that St. Patrick chased all of the snakes out of Ireland to the sea.
9. Parades- St. Patrick’s Day parades can be found all over the United States, in cities such as New York City, Scranton, and Boston.
10. Lots of Food- Even people who do not enjoy cabbage and corned beef can enjoy the feasts on St. Patrick’s Day. Many families throw big parties and cookouts, where they serve lots of food to celebrate.