St Patrick’s Day is March 17, 2020. That’s next Tuesday! We are already receiving orders for the fun, green holiday, from people named McCarthy, O’Brien and the like!
A global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countries with people of Irish descent.
The Encyclopedia Britannica tells us it was emigrants, particularly to the United States, who transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of things Irish. Cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants, who often wielded political power, staged the most extensive celebrations, which included elaborate parades. Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737, followed by New York City in 1762. Since 1962 Chicago has colored its river green to mark the holiday. (Although blue was the color traditionally associated with St. Patrick, green is now commonly connected with the day.) Irish and non-Irish alike commonly participate in the “wearing of the green”—sporting an item of green clothing or a shamrock, the Irish national plant, in the lapel. Corned beef and cabbage are associated with the holiday, and even beer is sometimes dyed green to celebrate the day. Although some of these practices eventually were adopted by the Irish themselves, they did so largely for the benefit of tourists.
For this fun, green holiday we bring in Bells of Ireland, a very special green flower that was originally grown just for St Patrick’s Day. It’s little bells upside down on a stalk, they’re tall and a bit thorny.
We add green flowers such as alstroemeria and carnations, and then add a little POP of white lilies. We call this our Amazing Green Flowers, and it’s perfect for mom, grandma, Aunt Martha or for your own house as you celebrate the green!
What St Patrick’s Day would be complete without a Luck ‘o the Green basket to share? We fill a basket with a great hat that you can wear all day long, then add a bow tie (what a clever accessory), a shamrock necklace, green licorice and other Irish food (in this case Steel Oats).
We love celebrating this fun, festive, green holiday with you! Call 602-246-1271, come by or click roadrunnerflorist.com now to order for next week!
Pamela and Tina
Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express
2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85-15