Tuesday, March 9, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

It may have something to do with the fact that I am practically all Irish, or that my last name starts with O', or the fact that my birthday is the day after it, but for whatever reason, St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) is my favorite holiday of the year. It is a day of celebration - not only is the weather getting nicer, but the great food and general cheer are the way of people on this day, and in Chicagoland, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

At 10:45 am on March 13th of this year, the Chicago River will be inundated with 40 pounds of green dye for the annual dying of the river in honor of the St. Patrick's Day parade. Interestingly enough, the phrase 'The road to Chicago is marked in green' comes from this annual dying. From the Chicago River, to the Illinois River. to the Mississippi River, the green travels along, finally entering the Gulf of Mexico and being transported over the Atlantic Ocean in the Gulf Stream. You can see the beautiful green color the entire way, clearly marking the way from Chicago to Ireland.

The City of Chicago may not have a lot of money, for celebration but they are still having their annual St. Patrick's Day parade at noon on Saturday, March 13th. See the river dyed, and then get yourself to Grant Park for their shortened, but none-the-less exciting parade culminating in the presence of our 2010 Queen of St. Patrick's Day, Kerry Ann Brennan of Orland Park. Gather up your whole family, pack a lunch of corned beef sandwiches, and make sure to bring lots of warm clothing. For more information visit www.chicagostpatsparade.com.

When you are back from the parade, be sure to stop in the library to check out our display of St. Patrick's Day books on the 2nd floor so you can answer all of your children's questions about this festive and exciting day.

Sláinte! (an Irish greeting or toast, pronounced SLAWN-chuh meaning "health" in Gaelic)

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