Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day: A 10-Year Retrospective 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I started seriously celebrating St. Patrick's Day in college, and it soon became one of my favorite holidays. There was some tough going at the beginning. The holiday often fell during my college's spring break, which meant that I celebrated 1999 in London and 2000 in Prague, two places which are not known for their raucous St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Then, in 2001, right before leaving for Spring Break in Miami, my roommate Janice and I were robbed in our dorm room on St. Patrick's Day. I actually walked in on the thief as he was about to get Janice's wallet!

So St. Patrick's Day was off to a rough start, but I persevered, and ten years ago, I started engaging in the all-day drinking version of celebrating. More importantly, I started taking pictures of the big day.

Of course, now that I married Irish, and have a little Irish leprechaun baby, St. Patrick's Day is even more exciting! Post and pictures about today coming soon.

2002 03 16 Ballston Festival 02b2
Shamrock Street Festival in the Ballston area of Arlington, Virginia, 2002

Baby Nomar, I Mean Kitten 2002
Kevin thinks Nomar's birthday is St. Patrick's Day 2002. Happy 10th birthday, Nomes!

2003 03 15 St. Pat Bar Crawl 02
St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl in DC (photo at James Mackey's Pub), 2003

Leprechaun Bar Crawl 2004
The Leprechaun Lap in DC (photo at Sign of the Whale), 2004

St. Patrick's Day 2005
Brooke and I took off from work for St. Pat's in D.C. (photo at Lulu's Mardi Gras), 2005

When I finally met my husband, it made sense that he was Irish. Five years ago, we started celebrating the holiday together in style.

St. Patrick's Day 2007
First St. Pat's Day with Kevin- also with Brady and Brooke in D.C. (photo at Finn mac Cool's) 2007

St. Patrick's Day 2007
Robin and Cory, St. Patrick's Day 2007

St. Patrick's Day 2007
Jaime, me, Brooke, and Dan D, 2007

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2009
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manhattan, 2009

St. Patrick's Day 2009
Low-key St.Patrick's Day in Brooklyn (photo at Angry Wade's), 2009

St. Patrick's Day 2009
Jon and James W., St.Patrick's Day in Brooklyn 2009

Last year we had St. Patrick's Day at home with friends, and Kevin made corned beef. I was pregnant so I just watched Kevin drink all the Guiness and Harp beers. Not so this year!

St. Patrick's Day 2011
Kevin slicing the corned beef, at home in Long Island, 2011

St. Patrick's Day 2011
The token red-heads, Sarah and Lukas, 2011

St. Patrick's Day 2011
Kevin, Briggs, and Jon, St. Patrick's Day 2011

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