Shades’ Quest for the Ultimate St Patrick’s Day Celebration

Where should I drink my green beer?

So as most of you know St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching.  This is one of my most favorite holidays. Here in Dallas we have a parade every year which takes place the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.  Last year the city almost had to cancel the parade but Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks and basically an all-around good sh*t stepped up and saved the parade).  The Greenville Avenue St. Patricks Day Parade consists of a 5K run followed by a parade.

The 5K run usually starts around 7:00 a.m. and the parade starts around 11:00 a.m. that Saturday morning, or at least I think it does.  To be totally honest with you, by 9:00 a.m. that Saturday I’m usually in the whiskey matrix and have lost all sense of time.

My typical St. Patrick’s Day routine starts on Thursday night.  It involves making Jell-O shots, picking up a keg (infused with green dye of course), and getting the all-important Bloody Mary fixings’ for Saturday morning.  I typically take off work on Friday so that I can ensure we get a great spot for the parade.  The rest of my Friday consists of babysitting our prime piece of real estate while drinking all day and late into the evening.

Saturday morning usually starts at 6:00 a.m. so that we can be up, ready, and back to the truck to get our impromptu Bloody Mary bar ready by 7:00 a.m. and have the first Bloody Mary in hand by 7:03 a.m. SHARP!!  Then it becomes a free for all–I know when the parade starts but not quite sure when it ends.

So this has been my routine for the last decade…Wow as I say that out loud that is a long, long time.  Traditions are great but the one constant in life is change.  So this year, I’m thinking of a change.  I’m looking to possibly change venues for St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans.  New Orleans, Boston, Chicago….I’m looking your way.

What do you and/or your city do for St. Patrick’s Day?

Over the lips and through the gums, look out stomach here it comes!!



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