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St. Patrick's Day Miami Survival Guide 2014 - Parades, Events, Festivals...

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On March 17, the Irish and the Irish in spirit, all around the world, observe St. Patrick’s Day. A day that started as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

According to the History Channel, here are some facts about St Patrick's day that you probably didn't know before:

  • Patrick was born around the 5th Century in Britain, which was a part of the Roman Empire at the time
  • At 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and spent six years in captivity
  • He converted to Christianity, and later returned to Ireland to work as a Christian Missionary.
  • Patrick died March 17, 461AD, centuries later to be honored as patron saint of Ireland.
  • According to famous stories, Patrick used the 3 leaf clover to explain The Holy Trinity. As a result, people in 17th Century Ireland began wearing shamrocks on March 17th, which later turned into wearing green clothing in honor of their Christian Irish faith.
  • The St Patrick's parades were not started until the great potato famine in the United States. The first record of a St. Patrick's day parade happened in NY in 1762 when a group of Irish soldiers serving with the British marched a few blocks to a tavern in lower Manhattan. Today, it's the largest and longest St Patrick's day parade.

If you're out and about on your own, here are some places to check out:

Sung Traditional Latin Mass:Together with the Latin Mass Community of the Archdiocese of Miami, the parish will hold a service that harkens back to the days when Mass was sung entirely in Latin. After the Mass, all are welcome to bring a dish to a festive potluck on the first floor of Barry Hall. When: 7:30 p.m. Monday.Where: St. Patrick Church, 3716 Garden Ave.

BrickellFest St. Patrick’s Day: Partygoers can enjoy live music and drinks during the 11-hour celebration each day at this riverside venue for an admission fee. One-day admission is $30. A two-day pass is $40. More expensive packages come with drinks and access to a VIP section. Tickets are available at brickellfest.com/tickets.When: 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Where: Finnegan’s River, 401 SW Third Ave.

Fadó Irish Pub:, 900 S. Miami Ave. in Mary Brickell Village. On Monday, $10 will get you a breakfast buffet with a pint from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Then the party resumes at 2 p.m. for another free event with DJs and Irish dancers.

Kendall Brass concert: The 10-piece ensemble known as Kendall Brass will perform during a traditional St. Patrick’s Day service. The band will play Vaughan Williams’ Rhosymedre and Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, better known as Danny Boy. All are welcome to this free event.When: 9 a.m. Sunday.Where: Kendall United Methodist Church, 7600 SW 104th St.

John Martin’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 253 Miracle Mile. After 2 p.m. revelers can order from an Irish-themed menu boasting Guinness honey-glazed chicken wings and Gaelic steak. Songwriters are invited to play at an open-mic night Sunday evening, and a live DJ will spin from 3 p.m. until close Monday night.

If going out on your own is not your thing, or you would rather be with a group of people that love to party and do it together, here's the perfect thing for you - The Saint Patrick's Day Crawl - by World Crawl Miami. This is where a group of people get together as a team and club-hop. I would completely recommend going out in groups, specially if you're a single lady, at times the club scene in Miami can get overbearing, specially when there's lots of drinking involved.

Here's a list of the crawl lineup:

  1. Studio Bar.
  2. Tequila Chicas.
  3. Lost Weekend.
  4. Playwright.
  5. Congress Roof.
  6. Mangos.

While you're out celebrating, it's needless for me to tell all my amazing readers, that you should drink responsibly, don't leave any drinks unattended and go back to them after, and by all means - Don't Drink and Drive!!

A free tow home if you get drunk! And you don't even have to be a member. That's pretty cool if you ask us. But call ahead to find out the rules in your state. Here is the Press Release from AAA's press room. Typically, during specified hours on the night of St. Patrick's Day, you get a one-time free tow for a limited number of miles (no rides for your passengers) to your residence. This isn't a concierge service and is not to be taken advantage of. Save Tipsy-Tow as a last ditch effort and have a plan for other ways to get home safely. Tow truck drivers risk their lives with every hook-up. So only use Tipsy-Tow if you really need it. Here in Florida this program might have a different name, The Auto Club Group's Tow to Go program.

CALL 800-AAA-HELP

There you have it, happy travelers. Don't forget your green and make sure to be safe and have fun. Until Next Time! Happy Travels

Carol Lent

Sources:

On History of St. Patrick's Day: http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day

Events in the Miami Area: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/16/v-print/3998614/st-patricks-day-fe...

Crawl: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-patricks-day-crawl-world-crawl-miami-tick...

Tipsy-Tow: http://drinkinganddriving.org/tools/tipsy-tow.html

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