New York City can dye the East River Green. In Portland, we like to celebrate St. Patty’s in a different way.
It is appropriate that Mills End Park, the world’s smallest park, was dedicated on St. Patrick’s Day in 1948. The park, located in Portland, Oregon was birthed from a dream and was referred to by its creator as “the smallest leprechaun colony west of Ireland.” The leprechaun residing there is known as Patrick O’Toole.
Whether you choose to believe the local folklore or not, what can’t be denied is that St. Patrick’s Day in Portland, Oregon is a blast.
St. Patrick was a fifth century Irish bishop whom, legend has it, banished all the snakes from Ireland. While snakes are icky and creepy, why do we celebrate the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death by feasting on corned beef and cabbage? Beats me, but, corned beef and cabbage is delicious and since everyone else is doing it, you should too. This year, before a night of Irish food and Celtic tunes at Kell’s, why don’t you take the family over to the Beaverton City Library for a little taste of Ireland on St Patrick’s Day Eve?
This gorgeous library, located in the heart of historic downtown Beaverton, a suburb of Portland, Oregon and home to Nike and Intel, will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day event for the whole family that’s sure to be educational, fun and, most importantly, safe. The Stomptowners will be providing traditional Irish tunes for all to enjoy.
The next morning, on St. Patrick’s Day, make good on that New Year’s Resolution and celebrate the beginning of running season with the annual Shamrock Run. This 5, 8 or 15K run through downtown Portland is a great way to get out and enjoy this absolutely marvelous city while getting into shape. It’s also a terrific way to work off all that corned beef and cabbage and the various libations you’ll be consuming later at Kell’s. The goal for the Shamrock Run this year is to raise $45,000 for Doernbecker Children’s Hospital. Get in shape for a good cause—a true win/win.
Last, but certainly not least, you could choose to attend the All-Ireland Cultural Society St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by learning more about Irish Culture and experiencing a traditional celebration. For more information, visit http://oregonirishclub.org/?p=356
However you celebrate St. Patty’s Day this year, be sure to be safe, be sure to wear green and, if ye find Patrick O’Toole or some other Leprechaun around town, be sure to find the pot of gold at the end of their rainbow.