Feeling' lucky?

Feeling' lucky?

St. Patrick’s Day — March 17 — is quite warmly recognized around the world. But in Ireland, it’s a national holiday.

St. Patty’s isn’t all about leprechauns, shamrocks and frothy pints. St. Patrick was a real and holy man — a Catholic priest turned bishop — who spent 30 years establishing schools, churches and monasteries across the Emerald Isle.

The last U.S. census shows that America is home to 34.5 million citizens with full or partial Irish ancestry. To put that in perspective, the current population of Ireland itself is right around 4.7 million people.

Ireland is home to icons across the field of the arts — literary icons such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce, musicians such as Van Morrison, Bono and Damien Rice, and actors such as Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Farrell. They’re a people known for their tenacity, wit, ability to tell a story and endure hard times. For all that and more, most of the Western world is annually inspired by Ireland, its lore and its people. To that, we say sláinte!

Whether you’re truly Irish or just Ir-ish, we’re urging you to take a look around this St. Patrick’s Day and see that the party or parade you’re at isn’t really powered by folkloric luck or leprechaun gold — it’s fueled by floats and party supplies made from various cool uses of petroleum.

Vibrant green …

  • Bagpipes
  • Balloons
  • Beaded necklaces
  • Buckets full of artificial gold
  • Celebratory cups
  • Clovers of all kinds
  • Flags
  • Floats
  • Derby hats
  • Kilts
  • Leis
  • Noise makers
  • Red beards
  • Tiaras
  • Top hats
  • Sashes

Now check out this St. Patty’s Day Spotify playlist, featuring incredible studio versions and live renditions of some of the greatest traditional Irish folk songs of all time.