Top 10 things to do on St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patty’s Day parades can be fun for the whole family and liven up the holiday.

Bella Dragovitch, Staff Reporter

1. Learn a little about the history.
-St. Patrick’s Day has been observed, as a religious festival, in Ireland for over a thousand years, though it wasn’t until  the 1970s that it was first recognized as a celebration of Irish culture and heritage.
2. Wear Green
-The great thing about this holiday is that you are free to go as subtle or as wild as you like. St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts have been a common article of clothing to wear proudly.
3. Accessorize
-Buttons, pins and jewelry are all great ways to dress up an outfit. On St. Patrick’s Day, they become ways to express the fun side of fashion.
4. Learn some Irish words or phrases
-The Irish have their own distinct dialect of the English language, so if you want to sound like a true Paddy on St. Patrick’s Day, try to learn some.
5. Learn an Irish Dance
-Irish dancing is a form of step dancing which is popular both in Ireland and all over the world.
6. Eat Traditional Irish food
-Corned beef, cabbage and lamb stew, accompanied by traditional Irish soda bread*, are tasty ways to embrace your inner Irish.
7. Play some Irish music.
-Celtic, folk and traditional Irish pub songs might just get you in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!
8. Go to a local parade
-Many parades feature the best of local dance troupes, marching bands, gymnasts and musicians, in addition to spectacular themed floats and bright costumes
9.  Drink a Shamrock Shake
-Although this is a more American tradition, it becomes more and more popular each year.
10.  Leave Gold Out for the leprechauns
-A tradition known around the world, if you leave gold out for the leprechauns, they are said to leave a little treat for you in return.

*A recipe for Irish soda bread can be found in the Entertainment section as well.