Long Island St. Patrick's Day parades, St. Patrick's Day festivals celebrations, St. Patrick's Day and Irish events, musical performances, Irish step dances, other Irish-themed events and Irish cuisine restaurants in Nassau County, Suffolk County and the Hamptons, Long Island, New York.
Long Island St. Patrick's Day Guide - St. Patrick's
Day Parades and Events on Long Island
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Long Island, New York
to make your Long Island St. Patrick's Day memorable:
For fitness lovers it is always fun to participate in a
St. Patrick's Day Zumba or LaBlast dance fitness class on Long Island.
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St. Patrick's Day Flowers
Order flowers from a reputable online flower store such
as proflowers.com or 1800flowers.com (1-800-FLOWERS) or
stop at your local Long Island flower shop to pick out
that special bouquet of green roses along with a gift
basket of clover-shaped green cookies accented with
chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles or green marzipan
St. Patrick's Day Dance
Participate or watch an Irish step dance
performance at a special St. Patrick's Day event on Long
Island. If you are looking to learn, sign-up for Irish
dance lessons at your local Long Island dance studio.
St. Patrick's Day Pets
If you are a pet lover, get yourself and your pet
dog/cat matching green outfits so you can show off and
take your pet for a stroll. Your local Long Island pet
stores have beautiful pet collars, pet sweaters and
coats to please your best friend. You can also adopt a
pet from a
Long Island animal shelter.
St. Patrick's Day Singles Dating Events
If you're single on Long Island, you can participate in
Long Island singles events to find an Irish
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dating singles events on Long Island or special
Long Island St. Patrick's Day events.
St. Patrick's Day Dinner
Go out for dinner at a fine Long Island Irish
restaurant. Enjoy Irish cuisine such as Irish stew,
bacon and cabbage, potato, boxty, coddle and colcannon
along with some potato bread or soda bread. Top Irish
restaurants and pubs on Long Island, New York:
Canon's Black Thorn
49 North Village Avenue
48 North Village Avenue
101 Riverhead Road
1286 Hicksville Road
Irish Coffee Pub
131 Carleton Avenue
Stringer's Irish Pub
300 Sunrise Highway
Lily Flanagan's Pub
345 Deer Park Avenue
541 Port Washington Boulevard
Molly Malone's Waterfront Pub and Restaurant
124 Maple Avenue
The Irish Times Pub
975 Main Street, Suite B
St. Patrick's Day Teddy Bears
The child in us stays forever and a teddy bear will
surely put a smile on your beloved Sweetheart's face.
Long Island gift shops and stores have a wide design
selection of cute, cuddly St. Patrick's green teddy
bears around St. Patrick's Day in March each year.
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St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint's
religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in
the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a
religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick's
Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent,
Irish families would traditionally attend church in the
morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten
prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived
and people would dance, drink and feast--on the
traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
St. Patrick and
the First St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is
the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born
in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to
Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped,
but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing
Christianity to its people. In the centuries following
Patrick's death (believed to have been on March 17,
461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever
more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most
well known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity
(Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of
a native Irish clover, the shamrock. Since around the
ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been
observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on
March 17. Interestingly, however, the first parade held
to honor St. Patrick's Day took place not in Ireland but
in the United States. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers
serving in the English military marched through New York
City. Along with their music, the parade helped the
soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as
with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.
Growth of St.
Patrick's Day Celebrations
Over the next 35 years, Irish patriotism among American
immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called
"Irish Aid" societies like the Friendly Sons of Saint
Patrick and the Hibernian Society. Each group would hold
annual parades featuring bagpipes (which actually first
became popular in the Scottish and British armies) and
drums. In 1848, several New York Irish Aid societies
decided to unite their parades to form one official New
York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. Today, that parade
is the world 's oldest civilian parade and the largest
in the United States, with over 150,000 participants.
Each year, nearly 3 million people line the 1.5-mile
parade route to watch the procession, which takes more
than five hours. Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and
Savannah also celebrate the day with parades involving
between 10,000 and 20,000 participants each.
St. Patrick's Day,
No Irish Need Apply and the "Green Machine"
Up until the mid-19th century, most Irish immigrants in
America were members of the Protestant middle class.
When the Great Potato Famine hit Ireland in 1845, close
to 1 million poor and uneducated Irish Catholics began
pouring into America to escape starvation. Despised for
their alien religious beliefs and unfamiliar accents by
the American Protestant majority, the immigrants had
trouble finding even menial jobs. When Irish Americans
in the country's cities took to the streets on St.
Patrick's Day to celebrate their heritage, newspapers
portrayed them in cartoons as drunk, violent monkeys.
The American Irish soon began to realize, however, that
their large and growing numbers endowed them with a
political power that had yet to be exploited. They
started to organize, and their voting block, known as
the "green machine," became an important swing vote for
political hopefuls. Suddenly, annual St. Patrick's Day
parades became a show of strength for Irish Americans,
as well as a must-attend event for a slew of political
candidates. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman attended
New York City 's St. Patrick's Day parade, a proud
moment for the many Irish Americans whose ancestors had
to fight stereotypes and racial prejudice to find
acceptance in the New World.
The Chicago River
on St. Patrick's Day
As Irish immigrants spread out over the United States,
other cities developed their own traditions. One of
these is Chicago’s annual dyeing of the Chicago River
green. The practice started in 1962, when city
pollution-control workers used dyes to trace illegal
sewage discharges and realized that the green dye might
provide a unique way to celebrate the holiday. That
year, they released 100 pounds of green vegetable dye
into the river--enough to keep it green for a week!
Today, in order to minimize environmental damage, only
40 pounds of dye are used, and the river turns green for
only several hours. Although Chicago historians claim
their city's idea for a river of green was original,
some natives of Savannah, Georgia (whose St. Patrick's
Day parade, the oldest in the nation, dates back to
1813) believe the idea originated in their town. They
point out that, in 1961, a hotel restaurant manager
named Tom Woolley convinced city officials to dye
Savannah's river green. The experiment didn't exactly
work as planned, and the water only took on a slight
greenish hue. Savannah never attempted to dye its river
again, but Woolley maintains (though others refute the
claim) that he personally suggested the idea to
Chicago's Mayor Richard J. Daley.
St. Patrick's Day
Around the World
Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick's
Day, especially throughout the United States, Canada and
Australia. Although North America is home to the largest
productions, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in many
other locations far from Ireland, including Japan,
Singapore and Russia. In modern-day Ireland, St.
Patrick's Day was traditionally been a religious
occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws
mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in
1995, however, the Irish government began a national
campaign to use interest in St. Patrick's Day to drive
tourism and showcase Ireland and Irish culture to the
rest of the world. Today, approximately 1 million people
annually take part in Ireland 's St. Patrick's Festival
in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades,
concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks
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