Here in the United States, we have tons of cultural holidays, which makes sense since we are an amazing nation that is made up of a ton of awesome cultures. One of the most recognized cultural holidays is St. Patrick’s Day, which just happens to be this coming Monday, March 17!
Check out what you could do in Orlando for St. Patrick’s Day AND find out a little bit about the history of this holiday!
Celebrate Ireland’s patron saint in Orlando!
First and foremost, we want you to have a safe St. Patrick’s so PLEASE DON’T drive while impaired or while under the influence of alcohol! Designate a sober driver or grab a cab but please don’t make that mistake of driving while impaired. Safety is above fun—always.
That being said, check out what you can do in the City Beautiful this St. Patrick’s Day!
- Fidler’s Green Irish Pub and Eatery in Winter Park will have Celtic Pulse Irish Dancers, live music by various artists, and a bagpipe band! Let’s not forget about their scrumptious traditional Irish fare! Their celebration is happening all weekend (and Monday), so make sure to check them out at 544 W. Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park.
- Geek Easy: This hidden gem in 114 S. Semoran Blvd. is sort of like a speakeasy (hence the awesome name). It’s actually located inside a comic book shop with an entrance that’s sort of hidden, so finding it is part of the fun! They’ll have green beer specials, Karaoke and arcade games set for free play on Monday from 7 pm to midnight.
- Downtown Wall Street Plaza: If Downtown Orlando is more your scene, don’t fret! Wall Street Plaza in the heart of Downtown will be having a block party that’ll feature $5 Guinness pints and Irish whiskey, Irish fare for lunch, and performances by various artists. This kicks off at noon and runs until 2 am on Monday.
- Pat O’Brien’s: Universal Studios’ CityWalk’s will have a live band, dueling pianos, authentic Irish food, and Irish specialty drinks. It starts at 2 pm and runs until 2 am. From 2-7 pm there’s no entrance fee, but after 7 pm, you’ll have to pay $10 to be part of the fun.
Brief history about Saint Patrick’s Day
Now, this holiday is more than having drinks and eating delicious Irish fare. Find out a bit about this widely-celebrated holiday!
- The holiday commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also celebrates the heritage and the culture of the Irish across the world.
- Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years, green replaced blue in the celebration.
- Saint Patrick is said to have used a shamrock as a visual aid when explaining the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. So shamrocks (not four-leaf clovers) are the correct decoration for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
- Though St. Patrick’s Day is during Lent, Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day in order to honor St. Patrick.
We hope you have a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day this year. Be safe and be smart out there!