St. Patrick's Day

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On St. Patrick's Day, Biden Recommits to Good Friday Agreement

He held virtual meeting with Ireland's prime minister

(Newser) - President Biden marked St. Patrick’s Day by recommitting the US to the Good Friday Agreement, which has come under increasing stress following the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union. Biden, the latest president of Irish descent, held a virtual meeting Wednesday with Ireland's prime minister, Taoiseach...

Ireland Closes All Pubs Before St. Patrick's Day

Videos of crowded pubs sparked outrage

(Newser) - This year's St. Patrick's Day will be a somber—and sober—one in Ireland. The Irish government announced Sunday that to combat the coronavirus outbreak, all pubs should remain closed until at least March 29, the BBC reports. The government also strongly advised against holding private parties. Mass...

Governor: NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade Postponed

Mayor promises it will go ahead at some point

(Newser) - The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponed for the first time in its 258-year history because of coronavirus concerns, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. Cuomo said while the risk of transmission might be lower in an outdoor gathering, health experts had urged him to...

As Cities Cancel St. Paddy's Day Parades, One Remains

New York City denies reports that its parade, the biggest in the world, is being canceled

(Newser) - Chicago on Wednesday canceled this year's St. Patrick's Day parade due to the coronavirus outbreak, joining many other cities around the world in doing so—but not, notably, New York. Despite reports coming out that NYC would be canceling its annual event—the holiday's largest gathering anywhere...

Pageant Winner Gets Banned After Coming Out

Madison L'Insalata calls it 'frustrating'

(Newser) - Miss Staten Island 2020 Madison L'Insalata will take her marching skills elsewhere after the St. Patrick's Day parade banned her—apparently over her sexual persuasion. "This is definitely a curveball," L'Insalata tells the New York Post . "I was really looking forward to being there...

The Army Would Please Like These Kisses to Stop

No more smooching soldiers on St. Patrick's Day in Savannah

(Newser) - The Army wants to halt a favorite St. Patrick's Day shenanigan in Savannah that for decades has left marching soldiers with cheeks smeared in bright red lipstick. Roughly 200 soldiers from nearby Fort Stewart plan to take part in the March 17 parade, which organizers say could draw 500,...

No One Liked Paul Ryan's St. Paddy's Day Pint
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No One Liked Paul Ryan's St. Paddy's Day Pint

And other St. Patrick's Day minutiae from around the internet

(Newser) - Everyone is said to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day, and even though he hails from Scottish roots, President Trump got into the spirit a day early. Per the Washington Post , Trump hosted Irish PM Enda Kenny at the White House Thursday, and the president celebrated the spirit of...

Pub Irritates 'Entire Country' With 'Sacrilegious' Beer Pour

You just don't do that to a Guinness, Vancouver's Railtown Cafe has discovered

(Newser) - There are plenty of online resources for those looking to pour a perfect pint of Guinness this St. Patrick's Day, but it doesn't appear anyone behind the bar at Vancouver's Railtown Cafe did their due diligence. Per the CBC , the Canadian pub decided to advertise its celebrations...

St. Patrick's Parade Organizers Will Allow Gay Vets to March

A reversal following outrage in Boston

(Newser) - Organizers of the Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade reversed course on Friday and said they would allow a group of gay veterans to march in this year's parade, the AP reports. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announced on the parade's Twitter account that it...

Can You Spot the Error in This St. Paddy's Day Ad?

From Guinness, no less

(Newser) - Four-leaf clovers are supposed to bring good luck, but not so much for Guinness. The Irish beer company found itself apologizing to Canadians this week after the St. Patrick's Day ads it put up around the Toronto subway system's St. Patrick Station used the wrong green symbol to...

What Exactly Is a Shamrock? No One Is Quite Sure

The Irish have identified many different species as the celebrated plant

(Newser) - We all know what a shamrock looks like, but—speaking in scientific terms—just what is it? A clover? A wood sorrel? Some other type of plant? Unfortunately, there's no single answer: The shamrock is the stuff of legend, not science, the Smithsonian reports. Over the centuries, a number...

NYC's St. Paddy's Parade Lets Gay Group March

OUT@NBCUniversal will carry own banner

(Newser) - For the first time, New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade, the biggest in the world, will allow a gay group to participate with a banner of its own, the AP reports. Previously, gay groups had only been allowed to join in combination with other groups, and their...

Catholic Group: Stop Drinking Guinness

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Catholic Group: Stop Drinking Guinness

Catholic League clamors for boycott after parade pull-out

(Newser) - The St. Patrick's Day parades are certainly over, but the controversy is still brewing—just like the stout at least one Catholic group wants the faithful to stop drinking. After Guinness, Sam Adams, and Heineken withdrew from parades that barred marchers from carrying pro-gay signs in New York City...

NYC, Boston: Banning Gays at St. Pat Parades 'Obscene'

It's long past time, writes Michael Tomasky

(Newser) - The New York City and Boston St. Patrick's Day parades have received quite a bit of negative publicity this year for not allowing openly gay groups to march—a practice that Michael Tomasky calls "grotesque," "obscene," and "an abominable disgrace." In 2014, it'...

NYC St. Paddy's Parade Gets Dumped—by Guinness

And de Blasio, adding to ruckus over ban on gay groups

(Newser) - First Sam Adams and Heineken quit sponsoring St. Patrick's Day parades in Boston and New York City; now Guinness is joining in protest of a ban on gay activist groups marching in the celebrations, Reuters reports. "Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate...

Sam Adams Dumps Boston Parade Over Gay Rights

Company drops support after gay bar threatens boycott of beer

(Newser) - Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade has just lost a big-name sponsor over its refusal to let gay veterans march, reports the Boston Herald . Boston Beer Co.—maker of Sam Adams—announced today that it was dropping its support after talks between MassEquality and organizers of the nation'...

St. Paddy's Party in Mass.: Riot Gear, Brawls, 73 Arrests

Note: The actual holiday is next Monday

(Newser) - This is why we can't have nice St. Paddy's Day parties: With more than a week to go before the holiday honoring all things green and boozy, er, the 5th-century Catholic bishop , cops in Massachusetts had to break up a party that sounds more war zone-themed than Irish....

Ireland Fetes St. Patrick
 Ireland Fetes St. Patrick 
HAPPY ST PAttY'S DAY

Ireland Fetes St. Patrick

And the rest of the world starts drinking beer at 8am

(Newser) - Never mind the fickle Irish weather. A chilly, damp Dublin celebrated St. Patrick's Day with artistic flair anyway today as the focal point for a weekend of Irish celebrations worldwide. More than 250,000 revelers braved the occasionally snowy, sleety skies to line the streets for the traditional holiday...

Kate Wants a Boy, William Wants Girl

Somebody's probably going to win that argument

(Newser) - Prince William and wife Kate donned their green today to ring in St. Patrick's Day with a ceremony honoring the Irish Guards, who apparently seized their moment to grill the duchess on—what else—the royal baby. As People reports, Kate was a little more forthcoming than usual, telling...

Florida Town Lifts Ban on Non-US Flags Ahead of St. Patrick's

Irish pub can put Ireland's flag back up

(Newser) - Just days ahead of St. Patrick's Day, a northeast Florida Irish pub has won the right to fly the Irish flag again. On February 20, Culhane's Irish Pub was told it had 24 hours to "cease display of flags other than American flag." The rule was...

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