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St. Patrick's Day

V.25 No.11 | 03/17/2016

America's Favorite Drinking Holiday

A History

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today is the day we celebrate St. Patrick, who did not actually drive out any snakes from Ireland, also he wasn't even Irish, but I digress. Let's be real, today is the day we drink, a day where we are all Irish. Coming from an Irish Catholic family, there are two things I learned growing up: the Irish like to drink and they have kids like it's a competition.

St. Patrick is not the patron saint of green beer, so why is his day of celebration so synonymous with drinking? In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday, and they have treated it as such. It used to be a day of going to church and culminated in a feast for dinner. However, in the early 1900's in America, Irish immigration was rising and amid a lot of discrimination, Irish Americans wanted to celebrate their heritage and also acknowledge their new home in America. To parade down the streets was an act of public pride and celebration.

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in America also meant that you could have a day off from Lent, hence the drinking. Ireland didn't allow their bars to even be open on this religious holiday until the 1960s, but seeing how much fun we were having over here, they relented. And so the holiday evolved, and with it the traditions. St. Patrick's Day has gotten so big, that it is widely recognized around the world with parties and parades.

So raise a glass and drop your keys (seriously you are an asshole if you drink and drive) to the Irish in us all!

And if you want to learn more about the Irish, check out Weekly Alibi's podcast this week.

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Foreign Exchange Friends

This week, handsome lad Michael O'Donnabhain skypes in from London to talk about growing up in County Donnegal, Ireland and the globalization of Irish culture. So grab a beer and pinch your babies because this week the podcast is getting savage. *blarney stone not included.
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Thursday, Mar 17: St. Patty's Pub Ride

Get your shamrock on and sample the best pubs in downtown Albuquerque.
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The Daily Word in St. Patrick's Day

The Daily Word

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, March 17,

which is St. Patrick’s Day! So celebrate with a bottle of Killian’s, a bowl of Lucky Charms, a shamrock shake, some green beer, and other things that piss off Irish people.

In fact, most of what you know about St. Paddy’s Day is a lie. A LIE.

Brush up on the real St. Patrick here.

And if you seek authenticity, don’t forget to eat your parsnips!

Maybe you can find some at local Albuquerque restaurants that are celebrating Restaurant Week?

Meanwhile, the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade is, for the first time, allowing an LGBT group to march. That’s right, one LGBT group is allowed to march, and it happens to be made up of employees of NBC, the network that threatened to boycott coverage of the parade if they didn’t.

Finally, dentists are excited about the holiday because so many people get into bar fights that result in the loss of teeth. So support your local dental clinic and mouth off to a drunken leprechaun tonight!

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JFK mistress speaks out in book form.

15.5 pound baby born in China.

Mickey D's minty green Shamrock Shake goes nationwide.

The ancestor to all animals.

R.I.P. Florence Green, the last WWI

Can porn be copyrighted?

A website in Iceland helps residents avoid accidental incest.

Maps of stereotypes.

Some yoga is dangerous, but it's mostly awesome, says some guy in his new book.

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The Daily Word 03.17.10: Up for parole, first lady, Kucinich

The Daily Word

Real Irish Shamrocks in short supply this year.

Woman sentenced to nine years after killing a friend in a DWI accident.

UN asks Native Americans from all over the country whether the United States is fulfilling its obligations to tribes.

30 years ago, New Mexico decided anyone sentenced to life in prison would be eligible for parole after 30 years.

A handful of state Dems put Barela stickers over Heinrich's name on ballots at the pre-primary nominating convention. Barela's a Republican.

Human egg raffle.

Pakistan charges five Americans with terrorism.

Kucinich changed his mind. He'll vote yes on health care.

Oprah has to attend a defamation case this month regarding the sex-abuse scandal at her South African girls' school.

Jobs bill passes Congress.

First Lady tells food giants to stop making junk and marketing junk to kids.

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