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Thursday, March 13, 2008

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My kids' school is all over St. Patrick's Day. Their Fun Night is held in March- never ON St. Paddy's, because too many people go out and celebrate on the actual day. They have corned beef sandwiches for sale, Irish dancers come and perform. They used to have green beer (Catholic school, don't you know) until a recent Diocesan ruling that stated that if an event was to be "kid" centered, there couldn't be alcohol. Other events that are for the whole parish are different. Let me tell you, Fun Night is a lot more Fun with a green beer, but oh well. On the day of the festivities, the kids get to be out of uniform- it's kind of cool to see this sea of green.
Where I live, we have the country's only bi-state St. Pat's parade- it starts in Illinois, crosses a bridge and over into Iowa. They throw beads, bands play. The local St. Patrick's society, together with the local paper honor the Irish Mother of the Year, there's a post parade bash. Lots of bars have all kinds of doings. My friend's brothers own a bar and they are having all kinds of stuff going on all day- fun for the whole family- including 2 green goats for the kids to pet from 11-2 on Saturday.
One of the local colleges, which is Catholic, has a tradition of the students painting the statue of the saint bearing the name of the college green. They may have put a stop to that and now they just put a green drape over it.
People were disappointed because the bishop or someone declared that since St. Pat's is during Holy Week this year, there can be no St. Pat's masses. They'll get their bagpipe fix elsewhere, I guess.

What about you? What's going on in your neck of the woods for the wearin' of the green?

2 Comments:

Blogger MsAbcMom said...

We will be making corned beef at home but that is about it.

We are off track, on vacation this month but we did teach intersession for a week. (like summer school) The first grade teachers celebrated by making shamrock hats and doing potato relays. For example, the kids had to run while holding a potato between their knees. A teacher from another grade was very upset about this. He was outraged at how insensitive it was to the plight of the Irish, etc. He is right but the 1st grade teachers meant no harm. It was a huge ordeal. Whew!

3/15/2008 11:36 AM  
Blogger Mrs. T said...

ms abc mom- are you serious? That seems a bit overly-sensitive to me. And my family CAME here because of the potato famine! Of course the teachers meant no harm!

3/15/2008 4:10 PM  

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