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COVID Safe Ways to Celebrate St. Patty’s Day

As another holiday during COVID is about to pass, you may feel like you are losing steam a little. While it may be hard to find safe ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this March, there are still some ways to enjoy the holiday without compromising one’s health. Since the weather has finally begun to get nicer, there are a lot more outdoor activities that are finally enjoyable. Rather than spending your St. Patty’s day at home or in a bar, take advantage of the spring weather and go outside to enjoy the day. Below are five ways to celebrate St. Patty’s safely this year. 

Picnic

A great way of celebrating St. Patty’s day would be to get a couple of friends together and have a picnic in the park. To make it more festive you could only buy green foods and drinks, though there may not be too many tasty good-colored drinks. Dollar Tree is also a great place to check out for cheap decorations if you are on a budget.   

Eat St. Patty’s Themed Food

Several restaurants around New York offer special St. Patrick’s day food options to help customers to get into the spirit of the holiday. For example, Bubby’s in Tribeca offers a special menu featuring green eggs and smoked ham; lamb shepherd pie; and corn beef and cabbage.   

Virtual St. Patty’s Day Parade

On Wednesday, March 17th the city of New York will host a virtual St. Patrick’s day parade in lieu of the regularly scheduled event. The event, which starts at 10 a..m, is available to watch on the parade’s website. Considered to be the oldest and largest parade, this year marks the 260th anniversary of the event.  

Bake Themed Food

Another fun way to celebrate the holiday is to make St. Patrick’s day-themed food. There are many fun Irish foods that can be made to help make the holiday seem more festive. Some include Lamb Stew, Irish Potatoes, Soda Bread, and Chicken and Leek Pie. However, if you are not a fan of any of those foods, green and orange cupcakes will always do just as well.  

Celebrate Virtually 

While it may seem upsetting to not be able to celebrate St. Patty’s day properly this year, just imagine how much harder it would be if you lived in Ireland. However, many Irish people across the country have figured out safe ways to celebrate the holiday. The hashtag #LaFheilePadraig has been used by people in Ireland to show all the ways they are showing off their pride and enjoying the holiday safely. 

While St. Patrick’s Day may look different this year, you can still make it fun with these ideas!

 

Adrianne Hutto

Manhattan '24

Freshman Communications Major at Manhattan College in the Bronx.
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