Saint Patrick was a Catholic missionary and bishop in Ireland. Having been kidnapped by raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland, Patrick would later escape back to his Roman family — only to feel called to return to Ireland and preach the Gospel there. He died on March 17th, and that date was officially recognized as his feast day in the early 17th century.
In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally observed as a Holy Day — involving prayer and attendance at Mass. In the evening, the families gather, often with neighbors, and enjoy a festive meal in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand, especially amongst Irish diaspora. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. [source: Wikipedia]
Here in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day has taken on a more secular flavor — even though many still observe it in a religious manner as well. You’ll find celebrations with Irish Folk Music, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Plenty of Mashed Potatoes, Green Beer, Green Hats, Shamrocks and Shamrock Stickers, and — if you’re lucky, some leprechauns!
So, with a name such as GREEN Bay, you would expect some celebrating to be going on here for St. Patrick’s Day — and you’d be right! There’s more events and activities than we can list, but here’s a sampling for you:
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will return to the CityDeck for a very Irish celebration on Saturday, March 18th! Enjoy an Irish blessing, Irish dancers, live music by Sheamus Fitzpatrick, delicious food & drink including O So Good Kettle Corn, and children’s activities.
St. Patrick’s Day at St. Brendan’s Inn
Offering both outdoor and indoor celebrations, St. Brendan’s is the authentically Irish place to be! There will be live entertainment, food, plenty of Guinness — and Much More!
Full Details HERE.
Art Garage – Shamrock Workshop
Children, ages 5-8 will learn how to make a shamrock!
More Info HERE.
Luck of the Irish 5K
Complete race anytime in March 2023. This race benefits the National Hemophilia Foundation. Are you feeling lucky? St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, and we are celebrating with our sixth annual Luck of the Irish 3.17 mile race! It’s time to start racing towards that pot of gold!
Cup O Joy – March 17th – St. Patrick’s Celebration
The Crossing is a traditional celtic folk group from Chicago, IL traditional Irish folk songs and Celtic Americana along w/ diverse instrumentation including BAY PIPES. Event Details HERE.
St. Patrick’s Day Job Fair
Remedy Staffing is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Job Fair on March 17th!
If you’re looking for a new job or career opportunity, this might be your Lucky Day!
More Information HERE.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from The Green Bay News Network!