Make sure to print this free St. Patrick coloring page to entertain the little ones! You can print from the internet or download this St. Patrick coloring page pdf file.
If you don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day, you may expect to get pinched by everyone who notices. Save your green and wear it proudly on March 17th.
Parades are a common festivity in some towns. Irish dancing, clogging, bagpipes and anything with an Irish flare are encouraged for these events.
I once saw on a headline that St. Patrick's Day was just another day for Catholics to drink and crack their heads open. Of course this is a Protestant attack on Catholics celebrating the saints and the allowance of drinking to do so. The joke goes that God made whiskey so the Irish would not rule the world.
There is a legend that an innkeeper gave St. Patrick a glass of whiskey that was only half full. St. Patrick reprimanded the innkeeper for being stingy and dishonest. The next time that the saintly bishop returned to the inn, the innkeeper had exercised generosity and served all his guests very full glasses of whiskey. This legend is honored by a St. Patrick's Day custom of "drowning a shamrock" in a full glass of whiskey which is called "Patrick's Pot". Keep this custom with any Irish whiskey on St. Patrick's Day.
Another way to truly carry out the tradition of feeding the hungry is to invite a family or someone you wouldn't usually socialize with to a St. Patrick/St. Josseph's Day Dinner. Corn beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish meal but you could add something with Italian flare to give a nod to St. Joseph.