Top of the mornin’ to ya!

While it is only Monday, many people already have their minds and hearts set on Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Whether you plan to sport your only few pieces of green clothing, hit some of Detroit’s Irish hot spots, partake in the 13 million pints of Guinness that will be consumed, or brush up on your Irish-American pop culture, everyone has their own way of preventing a pinch and summoning the luck of the Irish.

Though we can’t leave our work to the Leprechauns for an all-day celebration, our office has been sharing their own folktales about what St. Paddy’s Day means to them and how they recognize all of the gold in their lives.

Joe Tardif

While he’s doesn’t have a taste for soda bread, Joe is of Irish decent by way of both ancestry and citizenship. Joe’s grandparents emigrated from County Kerry, Ireland to Detroit in the 1920’s. He now holds dual citizenship in Ireland and America, and went back for a visit a few years ago. His favorite Irish city? “Galway,” said Joe. “Home of Quay Street, which is full of Irish culture and pubs.”

Julie Mueller

Julie’s family is used to celebrating with corned beef and cabbage, but not because of St. Patrick’s Day. “My nephew’s birthday is March 16,” said Julie. “Ironically enough, his favorite meal is corned beef and cabbage, so that was always our celebratory dinner when he was growing up. It worked out perfectly!”

Stephen Johnston

Aside from capitalizing on another reason to wear his green pants, Stephen also enjoys the big city St. Patrick’s Day festivities. While he is usually in Chicago to watch the Chicago River be dyed green, he will be toasting a Detroit-style St. Patrick’s Day this year. “I’ll be taking my dog Sammi to the Corktown Parade on Sunday,” said Stephen.

Katie Pusz

Mostly a homebody for both St. Patrick’s Day and Friday nights in general, Katie still tries to add a little green and gold to her household. “I love using the holidays as an excuse to set aside extra time to get creative in the kitchen,” said Katie. “Last year, I cooked green eggs and ham for dinner with clover cupcakes for dessert. I filled the cupcakes with edible, golden glitter, so there was a surprise in every bite!”

A Rainbow of Activities Shined Over Metro Detroit!

We hope you were able to take part in some of the golden opportunities that took place in our hometown this past weekend! On Saturday, March 11, The 2017 Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day parade danced its way down Washington Ave. in Royal Oak for its 17th consecutive year. Prior to the bagpipers, dog groups, and thousands of volunteers taking to the streets, a St. Paddy’s Day 5K run/ walk took place at Royal Oak Middle School. On Sunday, March 12, the magic moved its way to Corktown, Detroit’s oldest surviving neighborhood, for Detroit’s 59th St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Strategically located, Detroit named this specific neighborhood Corktown after the Irish, Detroit’s largest immigrant group, arrived.

Don’t fret if you missed this past weekend’s festivities. A city of tradition, Detroit will surely be hosting these celebrations again next year! Click HERE to keep up with all of Royal Oak’s festivities on St. Paddy’s Day or any day of the year.

A Note to All Lads and Lassies

And if you are waiting until Friday to get your green on, be careful not to let your luck run out. Stay safe while having a good, ol’ Irish time by grabbing a cab or saving a shilling by sharing an uberPOOL ride with your beloved lads and lassies.