Tuesday, March 17, 2009

*Happy St. Patrick's Day*

~Hotel Indigo two-for-one Tuesdays on your favorite well drinks or domestics. Start the holiday off just right!~

Are you celebrating the green holiday in the valley of the sun? Be apart of the hottest parties tonight...
  • FOR THE PARTY GOER~ *Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party running from 11 AM to 2 AM with live entertainment, food, and drinks. Admission is free before 8 PM and be sure to purchase a $20 ticket which gives you eight beers
  • FOR THE CLASSY MORE RELAXING SCENE~Celebrate at Morton's Steakhouse in Kierland Commons. Make sure to wear something green and celebrate the holiday fun on their outdoor patio.
  • FOR THE ALL DAY PARTY GOER~ Join TGI Friday's for half-priced appetizers all day long, special drink prices, and St Patrick's Day buttons and beads.
  • FOR AN IRISH MEAL~ Yard House has several food specials with entrees such as corned beef brisket and Guinness-stewed beef sirloin along with various drink specials to complement a delicious meal

St. Patrick's Day Facts...
~Blue not green is the color originally associated with St Patrick. “St Patrick’s Blue” is used on Ireland's Presidential Standard or flag, while the Irish Guards sport a plume of St Patrick’s blue in their bearskins. The emphasis on green is thought to be linked to “wearing the Green”, a symbol from the 18th century on, of sympathy with Irish independence.
~Until the 1970’s, all pubs were shut in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day, and the sole venue selling drink the annual dog show. Lenten fasting – and the obligation to abstain from meat – were lifted on the day, which most families would begin with Mass.
~In the United States, it's customary to wear green on St. Patrick's Day. But in Ireland the color was long considered to be unlucky, says Bridget Haggerty, author of The Traditional Irish Wedding and the Irish Culture and Customs Web site.
~The first St. Patrick's Day parade in America took place in New York City in 1762.
~Since 1962, tons of green dye are tipped on St Patrick’s Day into the Chicago river, although the quantity has reduced, for environmental reasons, from 100 to 40.
For more facts visit, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,509487,00.html or http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/03/0315_050315_stpatricksday.html