In a city with as many Irish-Americans as Boston, St. Patrick’s Day is always a massive celebration. Here at BC, we typically honor the day by dressing up in green, going to “darties” and trading the typical Keystone Light for Guinness to toast the occasion, and all over Boston, there are tons of ways to get in touch with your inner Irishman. Such a major holiday is bound to have some major memories attached to it. The Rock staff is here to round up some of our favorite tales from St. Paddy’s Day.
“While I don’t have any particularly interesting St Patrick’s Day memories (I know, born in Ireland and raised in the most Irish town in the country, and no St Paddy’s Day memories?? I’m a travesty…) other than annually having to ask my dad to remove his ridiculous green tie, and gorging on Cadbury chocolate, I do have a small commentary/public service announcement for all those celebrating this year: despite popular belief, Patty is not, in fact, short for Patrick. It’s short for Patricia. And no, don’t tell me it’s all the same. Every Irish person, myself most definitely included, cringes upon seeing “Happy St. Patty’s Day!” We know it isn’t common for a Patrick growing up in the US to be called Paddy… but c’mon! March 17th is about celebrating another country’s traditions!… so respect the spelling. Please. For the sake of everyone else’s sanity.” – Saidhbhe Berry ‘17
“I don’t have any particular St. Patrick’s Day memories that stand out to me. That’s why I hope to make some lasting (and hopefully good) memories here at BC. This year will not be the time for making memories, however, because I have a midterm at 9 AM Monday morning. Have fun, everyone! I’ll bury my jealousy deep down and pretend that I want to study.” – Jack Donovan ‘17
“St. Patrick’s Day has always been the day when I jokingly tell everyone, ‘Kiss me, I’m 1/16 Irish!’ which is actually true. It’s kind of funny that Boston is such an Irish town and St. Patrick’s Day is actually kind of a big deal, whereas when I was growing up near San Francisco the Irish community was not as pronounced. It was a holiday where everyone just wore green and drew four leaf clovers and all that jazz. But I think that here in Boston, it can become much more than that and that is amazing to me.” – Danielle Dybbro ‘15
“Last year was probably one of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. All weekend long leading up to the 17th, my friends and I had a blast dressing up in green and wearing silly outfits–including these awesome sparkly shamrock stickers that we put everywhere–and then on St. Paddy’s Day, I went with some friends to the parade in Southie. To be honest, the parade itself isn’t that great, but the atmosphere is a lot of fun, and I think it should be on everyone’s bucket list to check it out.” – Kate Lewis ‘15
“There are plenty of times when I complain about being Irish, especially over the summer when I’m the one with a terrible sunburn while the rest of my friends are tan. However, St. Patrick’s Day is one day when I’m proud to be Irish and there’s no better place than Boston to celebrate it (except probably Ireland). I’ve never done anything too exciting, but it’s a fun time to be with friends and scramble around for something green to wear.” – Meagan McCarthy ‘14
“My only memory of St. Patrick’s Day freshman year was of my friends drinking canned Guinness and Bailey’s in Xavier. Somebody mixed the two and the milky Irish creme started to curdle. People’s stomachs didn’t feel quite so good after that. The rest of the day was like any other. I haven’t had many St. Patrick’s Day experiences in the past. I went to the parade in South Boston a few years ago, but my future is bright in terms of memories to be made for St. Paddy’s Days to come.” – Christian Petro ‘15
“My family always celebrates with a big corned beef with cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. (Vegan problems.)” – Erin Sutton ‘16
“I spent last St. Patrick’s Day at a Frisbee tournament in Atlantic City. I didn’t gamble my way to a pot of gold or anything, but I did make fantastic friends and we did win the tournament, so I’d say luck swung my way.” –Melissa Warten ‘16
Looking for some fun activities to make your St. Patrick’s Day in Boston memorable? Check out our roundup here. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday, and Erin Go Bragh!