New Jersey offers a diverse array of things to do on a day-to-day basis. However, come St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th March an even larger display of fun and excitement takes place. The patron saint of Ireland has had his day celebrated throughout the United States since the late 18th Century, and although only Suffolk County Massachusetts lists it as a public holiday it is still widely celebrated in recognition of Irish and Irish American culture. Alongside parades across North America it has become customary to drink green beer and dress in green clothing. In some states, the fountain water is dyed green, roads are painted with green stripes and in Chicago the river even runs green and has done so since 1962, when sewer workers used green dye for maintenance work. At the time it took 100 pounds of vegetable dye to color the river for up to a week, however, these days 40 pounds of dye is used and lasts just a few hours. If you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, ensure it’s a good one by using this guide of the best things to see and do. We’ve highlighted 7 as it’s a number that dates back to Irish mythology. The Irish hero, Cúchulainn is associated with the number 7. He was said to have 7 fingers on each hand, 7 toes on each foot, and 7 pupils in each eye. So we think that 7 things to do ties in perfectly with our St. Patrick’s Day list.
Since 1986 this annual parade has taken place in the city of Hoboken and follows the same route. Marching starts on Washington and 14th Street at 1pm, moves down to 1st street, and is certainly a lot calmer than it used to be as the parade has been surrounded by controversy regarding excessive drinking. However, now there is a zero tolerance policy on the consumption of alcohol, which makes this event a great deal more family friendly.
What better way is there of spending St. Patrick’s Day than in a Party Bus? Travelling in the height of luxury in a car of your choice is a perfect way to see the delights of what Paterson and the surrounding areas have to offer.
If you haven’t the heart for bustling crowds and parades, why not host your own St. Patrick’s Day party? It’s actually very easy to do. Vegetable dyes can be used to create green drinks and food colouring can be added to cakes and pie toppings to create a wholesomely Irish theme. Failing that, grab a crate of Guinness and celebrate in a truly Irish style.
The Morris County Parade is touted as having a greater number of bands playing than the Rose Bowl Parade and so offers more than a march through the streets. With attendance in excess of 70,000 people, it can get pretty busy and is well worth the visit.
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The 4 leaf clover is a symbol of good luck, so why not hunt for your very own? The weather conditions in New Jersey make for an abundance of clover and so long as the weather is fine, get the kids out and about and hunting in the fresh air for their very own piece of Irish good luck.