Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, without Drinking Green Beer!

Everyone loves St. Patrick’s Day! But, not everyone wants to celebrate by drinking the St. Patrick’s Day staple “Green Beer”. Here are some wonderful, non-alcoholic, alternatives to joining in on the celebrations!

Start the day off by making green pancakes: Start the celebrations early! Using your favourite pancake recipe, add a bit of green food colouring, and voila! You have St. Patrick’s Day worthy pancakes to start your day off.

Do a Green craft with the kids: This is a wonderful way to involve the whole family in your celebrations, even the youngest members! Pinterest is full of great “Green” craft ideas, including things like: make your own green slime, create a fruit loop rainbow, marshmallow shamrock stamping, creating a pot for the end of the rainbow and much, much more.

Host a St. Patrick’s Day tea party: Your tea party could be for your adult friends, your children and their friends or invite your family friends! Start by decking out your home with St. Patty’s Day decor; lucky shamrock garland, paper shamrock centrepieces and green fabric wreaths. Have everyone wear their festive, green attire and incorporate green colour in to all of your favourite finger food. Make up a pot of green coloured tea (add a drop of food colouring into any flavour of tea) and you’ll be all set to celebrate.

Participate in Ottawa’s St. Patrick’s Day Road Race: On Saturday March 16th, the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club will be hosting their annual one and two mile races. Both races end at Lansdowne Park (just in time for Beau’s annual party if you’re feeling extra adventurous). All participants are encourages to dress in costumes to show off their Irish pride! If you’re not up for the run, you are able to watch the event and cheer on the participants. The costumes are always entertaining!

Attend the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Every year, Ottawa celebrates this Irish holiday by putting on a parade. This year will be their 37th annual, and will start at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th at Ottawa City Hall. The parade heads out onto Elgin Street, continues onto Laurier, goes South down Bank Street and eventually ends around 12:00 p.m. at Lansdowne in the Glebe neighbourhood. This is another great way for the entire family to celebrate!

I haven’t quite decided how I’ll be celebrating this year, but the above list gives me many options to think about! Make sure to post photos of your celebrations to Facebook and Instagram! I’ll be keeping an eye out for them! (And don’t forget to play Irish music!  There is nothing that makes you smile like listening to songs about unicorns and things!!)


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