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Going green for the day

St. Patrick’s Day may have originated as more of an American nod to Irish patriotism centuries ago, but today March 17 is a global celebration.According to historychannel.com, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City on March 17, 1762. But up until the 1990s, March 17 was historically heralded as a religious holiday in Ireland for the patron saint of Ireland. The mid-March date is observed as the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick, who is said to have introduced Christianity to Ireland.Even in Boston, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is held on the Sunday nearest to March 17 on the city’s south end.In 1995, the Irish government joined the popular American celebration to boost tourism. Ten years later, nearly one million people in Ireland attended the St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration with parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks.• • •From Basalt and Carbondale to Glenwood Springs and Rifle, the valley offers a generous helping of Irish fare and fun. Here is a sampling of some of the events happening today:• Starting at 4 p.m., the Town of Carbondale hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade through town, ending at the Claddaugh Irish Pub. Enjoy corned beef and cabbage and Irish stew, Guinness, and other Irish fare and drink throughout the day at the pub. Information: 704-0923• The Hotel Colorado presents a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance in the Devereux Room. Tickets are $27 per person, and doors open at 6 p.m. The event features Irish lore and pub songs by Fifth Reel. Information: Krista, 945-6511, ext. 115 or kkaufman@thehotelcolorado.com• The Knights of Columbus offers a traditional corned beef and cabbage St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 5-7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s School, 414 Hyland Park Dr., Glenwood Springs. Kurt Wigger of Buffalo Valley will prepare the traditional Irish meal. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Wearing green is highly encouraged, but not required. Information: Tom Ziemann, 384-2127. Buffalo Valley will also be serving Irish specials for lunch and dinner.• St. Vincent’s, in downtown Basalt on Midland Avenue, hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner with corned beef or roast beef, cabbage and potatoes from 5-8 p.m. An assortment of cakes and pies will also be served with coffee. The price for adults is $10, children 5-12 is $8 and children younger than 5 eat for free. Carry out will be available. Information: 927-3527• The American Legion Post #100 at 97 Third St., Carbondale, hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 6-8 p.m. Corned beef and cabbage will be served at $8 per person. Members and public are welcome. Information: 963-2381• River’s Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, hosts a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that includes a corned beef and cabbage dinner special and live music at 9 p.m. with Paleface. No cover. Information: 928-8813• WingNutz Bar and Grill, 2178 Railroad Ave., in North Rifle, serves up corned beef and cabbage all day, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: 625-9300Irish speakWhy not walk the walk and talk the talk of the Irish today with the following slang courtesy of Irishabroud.com, a Web site with travel tips, Irish history and even a directory of Irish pubs and bars to get the St. Patrick’s Day spirit brewing.• Acting the maggot – playing around• Black Stuff – Guinness• Colcannon – mashed potatoes and cabbage/ kale• Drawers – underwear, usually ladies• Eejit – idiot• Gollier – a big, fat spit of phlegm• Jar – A pint• Knackered – fatigued, very tired• Off your nut – mad, crazy• Pull your socks up – get to work/get busy• Rashers – bacon slices• Stop the lights! – Really?!• Twisted – very drunk• Wanker – a person you don’t like• Yonks – a long time


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