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By Zack Zupke
Creative Services Manager
VISIT Milwaukee

It’s the day before Milwaukee’s 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin, Westown Association and Miller Lite. Today, the Irish are Irish and the non-Irish are, well, preparing to be Irish. Perhaps no little white lie is more acceptable - and expected - than this little green lie.  

Admittedly, I AM a slice of Irish (this admission comes the day before, mind you) and I have partaken in St. Patrick’s day festivities gone by, but never as religiously as those who line Milwaukee’s downtown for the parade and pack the likes of Mo’s Irish Pub and County Clare Irish Inn every March 17th. For those legions, St. Patrick’s Day is spring’s Christmas, an Irish birthday for all. It’s a reason to grab a pint, sing with strangers and proclaim an otherwise absent heritage, but for one day.

But this year in Milwaukee, there’s two days of green celebrations. The parade is Saturday, March 10 at noon and St. Patrick’s Day is one week later – starting well before noon and ending a good 12 hours after. My question is this, lads and lasses: Is it possible for those normally Irish for a day to be Irish for two days?

For this answer, I turn to American satirist P.J. O’Rourke, who said, “I like to do my principal research in bars, where people are more likely to tell the truth or, at least, lie less convincingly than they do in briefings and books.”

So, this St. Patrick’s DAYS, go forth to your bars and pubs not once, but twice. And lie less convincingly to the one you’re toasting. He or she won’t mind. They expect it.

Milwaukee St. Patrick's Day Parade


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