That doesn't mean there's less to do in the Iowa City area for this year's Saint Patrick's Day, however.
As part of BIC's new Lighter Moments Campaign, they carried out some research to celebrate the lighter sides of Irish life!
While St. Patrick's Day began as a religious holiday in Ireland for Catholics to celebrate the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, it's now considered a festival for all Americans to be Irish for a day.
Marching, great bands, and bagpipes fill the air as more than 150,000 people from all over the country and the world celebrate here in NY. Corn beef and boiled cabbage is not your thing? Humans can enjoy food and drink specials, live music, and an exceptionally pet-friendly environment.
The Irish have always been a people with a literary bend, so naturally there are some great quotes about the condition of being Irish written by some of the great playwrights, poets, and authors in modern history. Drink pairings will be served with the meal as well. If you're 21 or older, Guinness specials will be ready, too. Born on the west coast of modern-day England somewhere around 385 AD, Patrick was kidnapped and sold to an Irish sheep farmer when he was sixteen. Doors open at 5 p.m. Diners can expect deals on Jameson, pickleback shots and Irish auto bombs.
Green has been associated with the holiday since the 17 century and it is said you'll be pinched by a leprechaun if you are not wearing it.
Madison Tavern is serving 2 for 1 drinks, $6 draft beers and $8 Jameson shots from 12-6 p.m.
Quad Cities-based roots musician Lojo Russo will be performing classic Irish songs at Brick Arch Winery from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Celebrate this year in the spirit of the holiday, when we all rally as Irishmen (real or pretend) together.
The Dublin Underground may be the quintessential Irish bar in town. More than two or three and you'll likely find yourself sick on a curb. They're fundraising for the Irish International Immigrant Center with Irish music, dancing, theater, poetry and STOUTS! The Saloon will serve traditional Irish food all weekend, including a full Irish breakfast, shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage and Irish boiled bacon dinner.
To all, have an emerald green day!
It's nearly time to break out the green tuxedos, dresses, socks and Leprechaun hats to get down with St. Patrick's Day.