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- St. Patrick’s Day is an iconic Irish holiday, but it’s also one of the biggest drinking days of the year.
- But between huge crowds, potentially freezing weather, and a general lack of knowledge of what is being celebrated, it definitely is not the best way to spend your Saturday this year.
On March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – your city will probably turn green overnight, and everyone you know will suddenly claim to be Irish.
But before you run out to buy a shamrock Morphsuit – take some time to learn about why this holiday is vastly overrated.
From huge crowds, drunk individuals, and green-dyed everything, read on to see why it might be worth staying in this year.
St. Patrick’s Day might seem like a fun way to celebrate the Emerald Isle and its culture, but truthfully it’s an overrated way to spend March 17.
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It’s usually overcrowded and filled with drunk people.
The holiday commemorates the day that St. Patrick died, so the history of the holiday is not as joyous as you might think.
Did you know that St. Patrick’s traditional color wasn’t even green? Historically, the saint wore blue (and he was British, not Irish).
People tend to drink too much on St. Patrick’s Day.
Drinking and St. Paddy’s Day are inextricably linked – apparently, 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Paddy’s Day worldwide.
And that excessive drinking can lead to sometimes fatal accidents.
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All this drinking doesn’t come without consequence – it can be a potentially dangerous day on the roads if people drive drunk.
Wallethub reported that 30 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day in 2015 – one death every 72 minutes.
Outfits people wear for the holiday often verge on the offensive.
Plus, early March can still be freezing cold.
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In some places, snow is not out of the question.
Everything you ingest on St. Paddy’s will be dyed green.
Dumping dye into the Chicago River — anywhere, for that matter —can’t be good.
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It takes 45 pounds of dye to turn the river bright green.
The green dye doesn’t stop at food or natural resources. Even living things get subjected to it.
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Dying your pets green isn’t a great idea. The dye can last for days, and the chemicals used can cause allergic reactions, or worse.
Any Irish Bar will be absolutely packed.
We called The Temple Bar one of the most overrated tourist traps in Europe. If it’s very crowded on a normal night, just picture the scene on St. Paddy’s Day.
Everything in Dublin, Ireland, gets overly crowded on St. Paddy’s Day.
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Though Dublin is the first place people think of, the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration isn’t in Ireland at all. It’s the NYC parade that attracts the most people – around 150,000 marchers and 2 million spectators.
But St. Paddy’s is celebrated all over the world. Even in small towns, like Wappingers Falls in upstate New York — a town of 5,000— crowds amass at local bars.
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People get drunk all around the world in the name of Ireland.
After the holiday is over, expect lots of trash and a terrible hangover.
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So remember to stay safe, try not to celebrate too hard, and maybe leave the face paint at home.