I'm not huge into St. Patrick's Day, if you couldn't tell. I'm not a big drinker, I'm not Irish, and I don't like cabbage (so the corned beef and cabbage dinner is out). I probably won't wear green today, and I won't be drinking green beer either. I also probably won't be listening to any U2. Jacksonville's not really big into St. Pattie's Day, unlike Boston, which is about an hour away from my family in Massachusetts. And in any case, my family's Portugese, not Irish, and so could really care less. (Give us some linguica or chourico, though, and we're there!) In Jacksonville, you'll get the typical people dressed in green drinking green beer at pubs and bars (Lynch's Irish Pub will be packed to capacity -- their annual St. Pattie's celebration is local legend), but there aren't really a whole lot of parades or anything. We certainly don't dye the St. John's River green.
Anyways, I collected some little known St. Patrick's Day facts to honor the holiday:
March 17th is also home to some other, albeit less well-known, holidays, like:
The rubber band was also invented on March 17th, 1845.
So, Happy St. Patrick's Day to all you Irish folk out there, and to all of you who are just Irish for the day. Have fun, be responsible, and drink some green beer for me!