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Fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year

St. Patrick's Day is here, and there is no better reason to get together and celebrate with your friends and fam. Even if you aren't Irish, take this March 17 to treat yourself to something fun. With these five fab ideas, you will definitely be in the lucky spirit. Sláinte!

Enjoy a shamrock shake

Although this is more of an American tradition than an Irish one, we all know and love the classic McDonald's shamrock shake! This delicious minty sip is sure to put you in a good mood. Try it as a drink or get it as an Oreo shamrock McFlurry. Hurry—this iconic milkshake is only available for a limited time leading up to St. Patrick's Day.

Bake Irish soda bread

Irish soda bread is a staple in most Irish pantries. Easy to make with only a few ingredients, this yummy bread will transport you right to the Emerald Isle. And warmed up with a smear of Irish butter on top = perfection! Try out this recipe to make your own soda bread at home. 

Learn a few words in Irish

Lá Fhéile Pádraig! That means Happy St. Patrick's Day in Irish. Take this St. Paddy's Day to immerse yourself in some Irish culture by learning a few words in the language. 

According to, about 1.2 million people on Earth speak Irish, with a majority of speakers being from Ireland. If you're looking to learn a new language or just want to pick up a few key phrases, apps like Babbel or Duolingo are perfect ways to get started. Ádh mór!

Go to a local St. Patrick's Day parade

Who doesn't love a good parade? Most major cities across the U.S. have St. Patrick's Day parades. From music to Irish dancers to colorful floats, these parades are a great mixture of fun and Irish culture. 

Plan ahead and check to see where the closest St. Patrick's Day parade is to you. Get some family members or friends together, grab your lawn chairs and enjoy.

Listen to Irish music

Ireland boasts some great artists—from classic Irish songs to newer, popular music! Ranging from traditional bands such as the Dubliners all the way to Niall Horan, there are plenty of Irish musicians to listen to this St. Patrick's Day. So, what are you waiting for? Turn up those Irish jams!

How are you celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year? Share with us on Instagram @girlslifemag!

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by Hannah Kennedy | 3/16/2023