St. Patrick’s Day: When Memphis Turns Green

Posted on March 25, 2015

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1425085848By Kelsey Young

With the snow and ice melting away, March quickly approaches, toting along St. Patrick’s Day. Although the holiday finds its origin in the 4th century with St. Patrick bringing Christianity to the pagan Gaelic culture in Ireland, its meaning has morphed and now stands as a holiday for Irish culture and heritage.

Cities across the country celebrate the holiday with their own unique traditions and events. Every St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, the Chicago River runs green in honor of the holiday, and in Boston, a wall of bagpipers call the marchers to the start of the parade’s procession. Memphis has it’s own traditions of participating in the holiday with its most prominent tradition; the Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year, the parade takes place on March 14th at 3:00 p.m., including bagpipers, colorful floats, and even a goat on a leash. The parade often leads back to Silky O’Sullivan’s, holding its annual “Raising of the Goat” and serving as the Irish pub headquarters on Beale Street for St. Patty’s Day celebrations.

But Silky’s is not the only place holding festivities. In Cooper-Young, Celtic Crossing is holding a celebration with a $10 cover charge on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be live music from Dancing Jimmy’s, The Backsliders, The Real McCoys, DJ Tree, and more. And, of course, green beer will be the drink of choice. In addition, the Flying Saucer, located in the heart of downtown on Peabody Place, features a special celebration for St. Patrick’s Day. There will be Irish food and beer specials, a live band, door prizes, and the Memphis Bagpipers.

Four blocks away, The Brass Door will hold their own festivities, hoping to live up to last year when the restaurant celebrated its first St. Patrick’s Day with an all day alley party, food and drink specials, and live music.

Farther east in Midtown, Murphy’s Irish Pub will also be adorned in shamrocks and green for the day with a performance from Big Betsy at 5 p.m.

However, downtown and Midtown are not the only areas holding events; there is Patrick’s on Park Avenue and Dan McGuinness on Spottswood Avenue in East Memphis, among many other activities around the city.

Memphis is geared up for St. Patrick’s Day 2015; from parades and live music to Irish food and bagpipes, Memphis will be celebrating. Like other cities, the tradition continues in Memphis of celebrating this lively holiday in which proud Irish descendants celebrate their heritage, welcoming even those who are not Irish to be Irish for a day.

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