Each year on March 17th people all over the world adorn themselves with green clothing and participate in local parades, pub-crawls and plenty of drinking. But how did St. Patrick’s Day come to be such a widely celebrated occasion? St. Patrick’s Day began in the 10th century as a religious holiday commemorating the death of the patron saint who brought Christianity to Ireland. Members of the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church celebrated this day with a service in the morning and a traditional Irish feast in the afternoon.
St. Patrick’s Day was eventually brought to the United States in the 18th century when a group of Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City celebrating their Irish roots. Over the years, Irish-American immigrants began holding annual parades on March 17th with traditional bagpipes and drums. Today, Irish parades and celebrations are celebrated by just about everyone – even those who aren’t of Irish heritage.
While St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, the U.S. is renowned for our extravagant parades and Irish antics. One of the most famous traditions is Chicago’s annual dyeing of the Chicago River green.. Another is New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. With 100,000 participants, nearly 3 million spectators and more than 5 hours of parade, this is without a doubt the biggest St. Paddy’s Day parade in the world.
If you will be in the Lombard area on March 17th stop into Overtime Bacon Bar for a green beer or two! St. Patrick’s Day is one of our favorite holidays and we celebrate the occasion with plenty of food and drink specials. From green beer to festive treats, you can expect an awesome time at Overtime this St. Patrick’s Day.
To stay up-to-date on all of our holiday festivities and specials, head to our Facebook. If you do plan on partying, remember to have a designated driver, taxi or rideshare service to get everyone to and from Overtime safely. We wish you all a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day!