St. Patrick’s Day Weekend 2019

March 14, 2019

As with many of the holidays we celebrate today, the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day have little to do with how they were originally intended to be observed.  The first St. Patrick’s Day was in 1631 and was commemorated with a Feast in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland who was credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland in the 400’s. It was meant to be a remembrance of the day St. Patrick died.

In the 1720’s the Church began to realize that the celebration of this holiday had taken a more hedonistic form.  It was at this point that the Church selected the Lucky Shamrock as St. Patrick’s botanical item to remind Christians to take the holiday more seriously. They chose the Shamrock because, as St. Patrick was establishing the Christian faith in Ireland, he used the Shamrock to symbolize the Trinity.

St. Patrick's Day 2019, Julie & Co. Realty

It was not until 1798 that the color green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day.  This had less to do with the Saint and was actually in honor of the Irish Rebellion.  It was in reference to the Irish song, “The Wearing of the Green.” Chicago takes it so far as to dye its River green every St. Patrick’s Day since 1962. The Local Plumber’s Union uses 25 pounds of vegetable-based dye to turn it green for the day.

What are some ways we can celebrate here in Saratoga Springs?

There are events for the whole family and not just on Sunday.

Family Friendly!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

St Patrick’s Day Irish Breakfast: 9:00am – 12:00pm

St. Patrick’s Day Family Celebration at the Library: 10:00am

Irish Soda Bread Culinary Arts for Kids & Family Event: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Music Workshops with the Grady Girls at Caffe Lena: 1:00pm

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Little Folks Show with the Grady Girls – Caffe Luna: 1:00pm

Just for Grownups!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Annual LepraCON in Saratoga Springs – $20 Donation to Support American Cancer Society: 11:30am – 9:30pm

St. Patrick’s Party at 2 West Bar & Grille: 12:30pm – 5:00pm

St. Paddy’s Party with FUNK EVOLUTION! at Saratoga Winery: 8:00pm – 12:00am

Sunday, March 17, 2019

13th Annual Kegz n Eggz at The Saratoga City Tavern: 10:00am

St Paddy’s Day at the Pub at Parting Glass: 11:00am – 12:00am

Donnybrook Fair at Caffe Lena: 7:00pm

St. Patrick’s Day at Harvey’s Restaurant and Bar: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Drank the Gold Trio at The Local Pub and Teahouse: 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at Nostalgia Ale House & Wine Bar: 11:00am – 11:00pm

BWP’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend: 11:30am – 10:00pm

Don’t Have a Designated Driver? Not to Worry!

Martin Harding & Mazzotti are offering free cab rides to anyone who needs them on St. Patrick’s Day from 12pm to midnight.