How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando, Family Style
How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando, Family Style
Kate K.

It’s almost March 17th and that means that it’s St. Patrick’s Day! So put on some Green and grab a pint while we share with you a few ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando, Family Style

But first, some history!bar-209148_1920

St. Patricks was born in the 4th century to a Roman-Christian family in what is now Scottland. Irish raiders captured him when he was 16 years old, but when he managed to get back home he joined the Catholic Church and became the second known missionary to Ireland (The first had never been there before his trip and was ultimately unsuccessful). By the time St. Patrick had died in 461, nearly the entire island was Christian. The story has grown a bit over the last 1500 years, even to include the (unfortunately) mythic tale of St. Patrick driving all the snakes from Erie…historically speaking, there were no snakes on the island before he brought the gospel, but it’s a fun story to tell!

Celebrating the Day…American style?

While a feast day was declared very soon after St. Patrick’s death, the holiday was actually a solemn occasion rather than the enthusiastic celebration we know in America today. In fact, it was considered such a special day that all the Pubs in Ireland were closed each year in honor of the day! This was changed, however, in 1970, now you can celebrate by gathering at the local Pub much as we do here in the States.

In fact, much of what we know as a St. Patrick’s Day celebration originated here in America! Irish settlers started arriving in America during the settling of the 13 colonies. The first parade in honor of the day was celebrated in New York City in 1762. And with the influx of Irish Immigration in the mid 18th century, the day became an American tradition. And in turn, the American Irish (which is roughly 11% of the population claiming to be at least a little Irish) changed the holiday. Corned Beef and Cabbage didn’t hit the menu until after the Irish settled in America. And the first actually Green St. Patrick’s day Beverage was also made in America in 1914!

NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade 1904

NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade 1904

 

So How do you Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando?

So you’re on vacation and you want to take part in the festivities of the day, but you don’t know where to start? Well, you’re in luck because we’ve got some fantastic celebrations that you can attend with the whole family! Orlando doesn’t do anything extravagant, like dying a whole river (Yes Chicago, we’re looking at you). But there are plenty of fun options for you to choose from.

Green River in Chicago

Spend an Afternoon at Citywalk

Pat O’Brien’s in Universal City Walk is putting on a St. Pat’s celebration in the Parks. From 2 pm to 7 pm the Pub is open to the whole family, offering traditional food and drinks as well as live music. Keep in mind that if you’re traveling with anyone under 21 your party will need to relocate after 7 pm since the party will become 21 and over for the rest of the evening!

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One of the best (and yummiest) parts of any holiday at Disney is the food that they create for each day. For St. Patrick’s Day you’ll find A Corn Beef hotdog at Casey’s Corner, a St. Pat’s Cupcake at the Main Street Bakery, and in the Contemporary you’ll find a Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold Cupcake in the Contempo Café (just hop on the Monorail from the TTC for this treat!)

And head to Epcot for a St. Patrick’s Day meal. The Rose and Crown Pub, while typically offering more classic British fare than specifically Irish food, does have a great Corned Beef and Cabbage meal for you to enjoy. Pair it with a green pint and you’ve got the perfect way to celebrate the day.

 

The Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

The Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

            The highlight of St. Patrick’s Day at the Orlando parks is the Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival that is annually held in Disney Springs. The event is hosted by Raglan Road, an Irish Pub in the heart of Once a weeklong extravaganza of music, dance, food and drink, this year’s 3-day celebration is jam-packed. Raglan Road is known for bringing the best Celtic Rock and Blue Grass bands from around the country, and around the world, to its stage all year round. But for these three days, you can expect 6 guest bands.  The Raglan Road Mainstays will be present as well, including the Irish Step Dancers, and both of the House Bands, The Raglan Roots Coalition and Out the Gap, will be performing.

And if you want to take part in the action there will be face painting for the little ones and when the Irish Step dancers take the stage you’re welcome (and encourages) to come up on stage and learn a few traditional steps yourself!

So stay safe and have a happy St. Paddy’s Day from all of us here at Homes4uu! And we hope you decide to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando next year!  irish-845385_1920   

 

For More Information:

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-st-patricks-day-parade

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/03/st-patricks-day-goodies-big-and-small-across-walt-disney-world-resort/

http://www.bucketlistbars.com/news-articles2/114-green-beer-where-it-started-how-to-make-it-right

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/03/the-raglan-road-mighty-st-patricks-festival-returns-to-disney-springs-march-16-18/

http://www.wftv.com/news/local/st-patricks-day-2018-events-weekend/716956591


Kate K.

Kate K. is a freelance writer, artist, designer, and programmer. She has been working with Homes4uu as our primary blogger, graphic designer, webmaster, and social media manager since 2014. You can also find Kate on her homesite www.k8ilyeverafter.com and her blog k8ilyeverafterpresents.com.

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