The Weirdest St. Paddy's Customs

Including a 32-mile walk and the world's shortest parade
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 17, 2011 1:24 PM CDT
Visitors from Fribourg, Switzerland, watch as participants march up Fifth Avenue during New York's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, Thursday, March 17, 2011.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about beer drinking and snake exterminating: there are a wealth of other odd traditions surrounding the holiday. AOL News reports on a few:

  • For 35 years now, a Toronto man has walked to a town 32 miles away for a drink, honoring a tradition that dates back to Prohibition. Back then, it was the only place around that served beer.

  • On the opposite end of the spectrum, Maryville, Mo., boasts the world’s shortest parade: It covers just 99.9 feet.
  • A Las Vegas seafood restaurant celebrates “St Cabby’s Day,” at which cab drivers get a breakfast of green eggs and ham and Lucky Charms. Some 500 drivers were expected.
  • In Massachusetts, a hospital hosts an annual celebration of “Paddy O’Carousel”—its high-tech pill dispenser. The gadget gives patients their meds at appointed times, freeing up the staff to do other jobs.

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