On March 17th most people wont consider celebrating the efforts of one Saint named Patrick coming to this country, back in the 1700s, to turn all the wicked Pagans to Christianity. Most will just use the day as an excuse to try out their (bad) accent and impersonations and drink as much as they can. I’m as Irish as one gets and, unfortunately, I will be no exception.
There is an Irish saying that goes “St Patrick’s Day consists of the night of March the seventeenth flavored strongly with the morning of the eighteenth”. That being true, there’s no better place in my opinion to celebrate this day then Las Vegas.
Here’s a couple tidbits to help with the CRAIC throughout the night.
First off “Craic” means conversation. Next, if you're going to shorten it, it's Paddy's not Patty's.
“Whisky in the Jar” Is actually an Irish folk song with no known author, covered by many Irish bands including the Dubliners The Pogues, Thin Lizzy, and the Irish Rovers (way before Metallica)
“Slainte” Is pronounced Salon-CHAY, not SLONTEE or SLANTEE. And its means CHEERS, basically, but if you want to impress your Irish cohorts reply with “to your health as well” or try pronouncing “SLAINTE AGAD-SA”.
In Ireland they don’t drink green beer or wear green clothing on St Patrick’s Day, in fact bars weren't even allowed to be open on the holiday until the mid 70’s. They do wear Shamrocks on their shirts or coats. It symbolizes the teaching of the trinity by ST. PATRICK.
If you need a few toasts to help keep the drinks flowing, these are my favorites. (because they’re not too hard to remember when drunk)
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
(try to get that one out early in the night)
May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.
May you be in Heaven a full half hour before the Devil knows you're dead.
That’s about does it you are now ready to take on St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas. But If you still don’t have IRISH blood anywhere in your veins, just go ahead and lie, put on just a green shirt with a funny slogan, such as “F#$% ME, I’m IRISH” or “I-RISH I had another Beer” , because we don’t care on St Patrick’s day.