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St Patrick's Day Makes Us Wish We Were Irish

Wearing green and hoping for the luck o' the Irish today?

Kermit said it's not easy being green, but today we're happy that everything's coming up green. Can you blame us? Only the Irish can sing about death, starvation and riots with lilting voices and have your toes twitching before the end of the first verse.

Happy St. Patrick's DayHappy St. Patrick's DayI'm not Irish, but I'm claiming that 5% from a great, great, great, great...grandparent today. Everyone I know, Irish or not, is hunting for leprechauns, wearing green and planning on at least one pint of Guinness at quitting time today - or a Shamrock shake from McDonalds (depending on your age).

So what's all the fuss about and who the heck was St. Patrick? Sadly, leprechauns weren't associated with the famous Irish saint who lived in the late fourth century and died on March 17th. We can thank Disney for that. The movie, "Darby O'Gill & the Little People" introduced the lucky little guys to North America and eventually evolved as a symbol for the day.

Got a toast ready for the pub tonight? Here are a few of our favorites:

"May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent."

"May you be in heaven a full half hour before the devil knows you're dead."
"May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future."

Depending on where you are, or where you're traveling to this morning, you can amp up your Irish fun by catching a parade this morning.

New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off at 11 am with marchers heading north on 5th Ave, from 44th St to 86th St. If you're heading into Manhattan, take public transit to avoid delays - because there'll be lots.

If you're enough lucky to be Irish, you're lucky enough today!

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