Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day Activities and Recipes

Saint Patrick’s Day initially began in Ireland as a religious holiday in which people would attend morning mass, go to a military parade and have a feast. The holiday recognizes Saint Patrick for bringing Christianity to Ireland, and it has since evolved into a big international festival with parades and feasting on Irish foods.

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Things to do

Whether you are Irish or not, celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day is a fun tradition that gives everyone the opportunity to be Irish for the day. We have found some fun ways to celebrate the holiday.

  1. Celebrations- Celebrating the day at and Irish pub is a common tradition. Many pubs serve classic Irish meals, have green beer and play Irish music. If you would rather have your own celebration, you can get a group together and each make an Irish dish! Look at the food and recipes below for ideas.
  2. Parade– Parades are a classic tradition of Saint Patrick’s Day ever since the New York parade started in 1766. There is no shortage of parades throughout the United States to attend. Make sure to check out the parade in Connecticut! Hartford, Norwich, New Haven, Essex, New London and Mystic are some cities that hold a parade every year.
  3. Road races– Celebrate by dressing up and running in your local community. There are a lot of road races around this holiday so be sure to look up the road races near you. Check out the ShamRock and Roll 5k Road Race that is held in New Haven every year, which also benefits The Diaper Bank. Connex has been a long time sponsor of this event, which is being held on March 5 of this year.
  4. Learn some Irish history– Take advantage of this time to learn more about the Irish culture and history. The Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is a great place to learn about the Irish Famine and explore art and educational resources.

Food to make

What’s a St. Patty’s celebration without delicious dishes to indulge in? Check out these classic Irish meals. Click on the dishes below to find the recipe to make it!

  1. Corned Beef and Cabbage
  2. Easy Colcannon
  3. Irish Soda Bread
  4. Lamb Stew
  5. Chocolate Guinness Cake
  6. Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce
  7. Pan Haggerty
  8. Irish Cream Cake
  9. Irish Chicken Pot Pie
  10. Irish Scones

Hope you enjoy the celebrations and food this Saint Patrick’s Day!

~Olivia Fay, VP of Unbanking

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