St Paddy’s Day

The best ways to celebrate an old Irish holiday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Going green is always the way to go, especially on St. Patrick’s Day.

This day remembers St. Patrick, a bishop in Ireland, who preached of Christianity during the fifth century. This holiday is celebrated worldwide, but particularly in countries with people of Irish decent.

“I love St. Patrick’s Day,” said Emily Duffy, a student at JU. “It’s definitely a holiday my family and I look forward to.”

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate, downtown Jacksonville and the beaches have some festivities you can look forward to.

“My family is Irish, so I’d be interested to see what the city of Jacksonville has going on,” said Olivia Dougherty, a student at JU. “So I can go out and celebrate.”

According to VisitJacksonville.com, there will be a St. Patrick’s Day Block Party on March 14, being hosted in Springfield, close to downtown Jacksonville. There will be live music, green beer, craft beer, cocktails, and local food trucks.

Another event to partake in on March 14 is at Jacksonville Beach at Lynch’s Irish Pub. There will be live music on two separate stages, a non-stop flow of beer, and delicious food and drink specials that’ll last all day.

Culhane’s Irish Pub is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on two separate occasions, and at both locations. On March 14, both the Southside and Atlantic Beach locations will be opening their doors at 4 p.m. and there will be a $10 entrance fee.

Their second event will be held on St. Patrick’s Day itself, March 17, and will begin at 9 a.m. at both locations. This will be the 15th annual St. Patrick’s Day bash at Atlantic Beach.

“It’ll be probably the biggest party for our business of the year.” said Robbie Waulters, a manager at Culhane’s. “Last year we did about $30,000 in sales, so we’ll have probably about 1,000 people at each location.”

Both locations will have live entertainment, karaoke, Irish dancers, pipes and drums, costume prizes, a Guinness blonde green beer contest, and lots of Irish craic! Festivities are to last until 2 a.m.

“We’ll have all kinds of drink specials and food specials,” said Waulters. “We’ll have all of our stuff posted on the internet, on our website, on Facebook and on Instagram.”

These events are open to anyone who’s looking to celebrate the Irish holiday while getting great deals and joining in on the fun.