By: Olivia M.
Monday, March 17th, marks the holiday famously decorated with leprechauns, parades, and alcohol, but will Duxbury High School students be rolling out the green for St. Patrick’s Day this year? Junior Colleen F., who is Irish, said, “I think it is really fun to celebrate the culture and where I am from.” On the other hand, sophomore Sophie T., who is not Irish, said, “St. Patrick’s Day is not the topic for me.”
One of the many ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Massachusetts is by attending the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade that will take place on Sunday, March 16th. Senior Johnny C. said that his favorite part of the parade is getting to see the all of the old service members march. In previous years, the bagpipes were the most memorable part for sophomore Matt A., while senior Kyle B. said that he preferred the floats at the parade. Freshman Maddie B. said, “Boston is an Irish influenced city so a lot of people take the chance to celebrate.” However, students such as sophomores Kate B. and Sophie T. said that they had not heard of the parade occurring before.
Junior Isabelle F. said, “I think people like [the holiday], but it is definitely not something people get really into unless you live in Ireland.” Junior Nick W. said that the holiday is an excuse to wear green and drink if you are older. Nick W. also said, “If you’re Irish or like to wear green then yes, its widely celebrated.” On the contrary, junior Emily N. said that her family has never made a big deal about St. Patrick’s Day because she is not Irish, but she might wear green to school for the occasion. Colleen said she thinks that St. Patrick’s Day is not as celebrated as it should be.
Many students with younger siblings said that St. Patrick’s Day is centered around the leprechaun. Kate B. said, “The leprechauns turn my house upside down for my younger siblings; they flip chairs upside down, leave a trail of green, sparkly confetti, and we get gold coins in our shoes.” Similar to Kate’s experiences, sophomore Bridget B. said that she and her brothers used to set up some of the best leprechaun traps she has ever seen. Although her leprechaun catching days are behind her, Bridget B. still finds a way to participate in the magic. “Three years ago, my younger brother spent days setting up a leprechaun trap made out of a shoebox and in the middle of the night I tore it apart so it looked like he came,” she said. She also left a note from the leprechaun for her brother along with some gold coins for him. Maddie said, “One time, I was in preschool and they put green glitter all over the ground and turned the milk green; it was really memorable.” Now, Maddie said that she looks forward to buying shamrock shaped cookies on St. Patrick’s Day. Nick’s fondest memories of St. Patrick’s Day are having a feast with his extended family and receiving cards.
“Even though St. Patrick’s Day was one of my favorite holidays when I was younger, I still look forward to it because I get chocolate coins,” Bridget said. Despite the fact that sophomore Evan B. said St. Patrick’s Day does not mean very much to him, he said he still looks forward to it because his mom gives him candy. Matt said, “It’s fun, people are always out enjoying themselves and are generally happy.” Nick said that he enjoys St. Patrick’s Day because it is one of the few holidays that show Irish pride.