Do you believe in fairies dressed in green hats and coats? By nightfall on Saint Patrick’s Day, seeing just might be believing. On March 17, everyone embraces the opportunity to revel in all the fun of being Irish for a day.
The day kicks off with parades, as dancers step lively to rhythmic strains from concertinas. Flags wave their bands of green, white and orange in the late winter breeze. Rowdy spectators dress in shades reminiscent of the emerald isle and the sounds of skirling bagpipes resonate for miles.
Feasts abound with the traditional fare of corned beef & cabbage, potatoes and soda bread. And beer flows. From golden ales to rich dark stouts, taps in bars are working overtime.
It’s not uncommon for folks to spend the evening pub-crawling, taking pause at various bars with increasing merriment along the way. Perhaps the best explanation for such extreme inebriation is simply a quest to catch a glimpse of the legendary leprechaun.
According to Irish mythology, a leprechaun will stash his golden coins in a pot at the end of the rainbow and any human who captures the elusive character is granted three wishes.
Balancing the consumption of enough alcohol to see a little green man with a red beard, without being too intoxicated to capture him, is the challenge.
Of course, the next day, your designated driver will deny all claims that a little green man appeared. But you really did see him, didn’t you?
You can always switch roles next Saint Patrick’s Day to allow that skeptic the opportunity, but to miss out on the fun of the chase yourself? Nah.