St. Patrick's Day Expectations vs. Reality

A girl watches marchers during the St Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)


Saint Patrick's Day is here again, when everyone is Irish for one day, and people celebrate by wearing green clothes, drinking green beer, and pretending to like corned beef and cabbage. But like with most holidays, your exciting expectations for celebrating St. Patrick's Day are rarely what ends up happening in reality. For instance:

Wearing Green: Expectation: "All your green matches. You look cool and not like a child forced to wear green to school for a class party. . . . You look ready to party. You are a St. Patrick's' Day king." Reality: "You piece together scraps of green clothing of all varying shades. You're wearing plastic green jewelry and a broken 'Kiss me, I'm Irish' pin that you've had since you were a kid."

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: A patron celebrates St Patrick's Day at P.J. O'Brien's Irish pub on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)


Going to a Parade: Expectation: "You plan on getting to one near you early to get a great spot in the front row somewhere on the route. There are bands, people dressed as leprechauns and tons of bagpipes. It's a blast for everyone." Reality: "You end up getting to the parade a half hour after it starts. You can't see anything above the heads of the people who are already drunk and screaming loudly at the people walking in the parade. After two minutes of bagpipes, you're done. Also, it's cold."

Food: Expectation: "Corned beef, cabbage, green foods and Irish soda bread, of course!" Reality: "Eating limp $1 street pizza outside of a bar after a day of heavily drinking beer that is maybe too dark for you. And then throwing it all up later."

Spectators dressed as leprechauns attend St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin on March 17, 2014. More than 100 parades are being held across Ireland to mark St Patrick's Day, the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, with up to 650,000 spectators expected to attend the parade in Dublin. AFP PHOTO/ PETER MUHLY        (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)


Check out the story on Mashable for the full St. Patrick's Day reality vs. expectation list, including Planning Things with Friends, The Bar Crawl, Making New Friends, Weather and Overall Enjoyment of the Holiday.

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