March 17th is St Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick, held on the death day of the patron saint of Ireland. Many Cultural and Religious festivities revolve around this holiday and it is a celebration of Irish culture and heritage in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades, festivals, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. There are quite a few not so family friendly traditions around the holiday so we thought we'd give you a few ideas to help celebrate with your family.
St Patrick's Day Parade in Delano
March 12th is the 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Historic Delano District! The parade begins at noon and will follow a route along Douglas from McClean Boulevard (next to the river) to Walnut Street.
There will be floats, candy and a whole lot of green! It’s a great event for kids of all ages.
Delano restaurants will be serving up some traditional Irish fair. The Shamrock Lounge will open and 9am and will feature a traditional Irish breakfast including Irish Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes O'Brien, Irish Bangers and pre-parade libations. After the parade they will serve slow-cooked Beef and Guinness Stew over mashed potatoes for just $7.50/plate.
The Monarch another sponsor of the parade will be serving their great food as always along side $3.50 Green Bud Lights.
Official T-shirts are available at Spektrum Muzik at 905 W. Douglas or contact Nancy at Nancy@historicdelano.com to order. Shirts are available in Adult sizes only: Small to XXXL and are $10 a piece.
Wichita St. Patrick's 5k
If you are a fan of fun runs, the 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5k run/walk is a great way to get active and look very festive while doing so.
The run takes place at the Old Cowtown Museum at 8am on Saturday, March 12th with a kids run at 9am. Runners are encouraged to dress up for the costume contest, and there will even be a bagpipe performance! Participants will receive a shirt and pint glass, and finishers a medal.
St. Patrick's Cooking Ideas
Several traditional Irish dishes are eaten on St. Patricks Day. One of the easiest meals to prepare is corned beef and cabbage. All you need to do is combine:
- 4 LB Corned Beef Brisket
- 10 Small Red Potatoes, Quartered
- 1/2 head cabbage, coarsely chopped
- 5 carrots cut into 3-inch pieces
- 6 Ounces of beer
- 1 Onion Peeled and coarsely chopped
- 4 Cups of Water
Pour everything except the cabbage into a crock-pot with the brisket on top. Pour the beer over the brisket, sprinkle on the spices from the packet (comes with the corned beef), cover, and set on high for 8 hours. Before serving add in cabbage and cook for 1 more hour.
Other popular foods include bangers & mash, Irish Soda bread, and Shepherd's pie. If you feel like getting extra festive you can always color your dishes green with some food coloring.
Crafts and Activities
A great way to get the kids involved is to make a few crafts at home. Green construction paper can go a long way for St. Patrick's Day crafts. Some craft ideas include:
- Cut out Shamrocks or lucky four leaf clovers and hang them around the house
- Make Leprechaun hats. You can even attach a bright red beard to the hat to look like a true leprechaun.
- Make a leprechaun trap- If you set up a leprechaun trap the night before St. Patrick's Day, you might be able to capture some of the leprechauns' gold! (chocolate gold coins work great for this.)
Another fun and interactive activity for the kids you can hunt for the leprechauns' pot of gold. The set up for this will involve leaving "evidence" of a leprechaun visit and a few clues to get your little ones to find the pot of gold.
Here's a great list of other St. Patrick's Day craft ideas.