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On St. Paddy’s, April Go Bragh

Steppin' out with AprilApril E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, and I can’t help but remember that time I celebrated the holiday in Boston. Yes, Boston, where Irish heritage steams like a bowl full of hot cabbage. And St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are not just for the Irish. Anyone can join in the fun, and when I say fun, I really mean it.That year, I spent a frigid day on the South side – referred to as Southie in those parts – watching the annual parade. It was practically necessary to bar crawl because it was so darn cold.Guinness has unbelievable warming effects.

The last establishment my friend and I popped in was filled with firefighters and police officers from New York, Massachusetts and neighboring states. They were in Boston to walk in the parade in memory of firefighters who were killed in a fatal fire. I have a few of the firefighters pins from their dress uniforms to remember the day, and my friend somehow scored one of their caps. We were two of about five women in the entire place.Call it the luck o’ the Irish.Every year, on March 17, I remember that day with fondness and raise my pint of Guinness for a toast to Boston. There’s no other place like it for a good St. Patrick’s Day party.Except maybe Ireland.

It’s happening in New Orleans to boot: Purdue versus Arizona, first round of the NCAA Tournament, 4:20 p.m., New Orleans Arena.This is why I’d kick it up here: Being that I have an impossible habit of procrastinating, I failed to join the NCAA bracket mania that makes March Madness so maddening. But that allows me to root for Purdue to go all the way, as opposed to Florida beating Purdue, which I had marked down on my unofficial bracket I didn’t submit in time. I’m crossing my fingers that the boys from Purdue do Indiana proud. Or at least make it to the second round.



It’s happening in Denver to boot: St. Patrick’s DayThis is why I’d kick it up here: Let’s face it, Denver just has a lot more places to go to tie one on this St. Paddy’s Day. There’s Fado Irish Pub, Darcy’s Irish Bistro, Nallen’s, the Irish Snug, the Irish Rover Pub, The Squealing Pig (try the Bloody Mary bar the next morning), and Scuffy Murphy’s. I’m pretty sad Duffy’s Shamrock Bar, which closed last year, isn’t on that list. Those bar stools were the best.


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