10 things you’ll remember about being a kid on Paddy’s Day
Oh the memories! Heading into the parade. You’d always have to walk for absolute miles, possibly crying from the tiredness, and then fight your way to the front of the crowd to see anything. Then you’d sit on your dad’s shoulders on O’Connell Street just so you could see the baton twirlers. Being one of them was the dream! Hanging out of a hiace van for your Dad’s business in the local parade. You thought you were famous. [caption id="attachment_8316" align="aligncenter" width="440"] (This is one of us, believe it or not!)[/caption] You’d go to mass. It wasn’t just a day for parading, it is in fact a holy day and you had to go to mass with you parents before you were allowed go ANYWHERE. You were given a day off Lent. You were allowed to eat as many sweets as you wanted because Lent didn’t count on Paddy’s Day. You’d eat so much you would be sick and wouldn’t be able to eat any more ‘til Easter anyway. You’d have a shamrock shake from McDonald’s. It wasn’t officially St Patrick’s Day unless you got to knock one of these green guys back. You thought it was genius. It was a crime to wear anything but green. Even your knickers and socks had to have some hint of green (or orange) or you weren’t a true patriot. Your mam putting curlers in your hair the night before so you can have majorly curly hair when you Irish dance your way through the local parade. Even though you were never good enough to have an actual dancing costume. It was one of the few opportunities you could get your face painted. Shamrocks on your cheeks or Irish flags across your entire face. You’d be raging if you missed out. It was a rule that you had to wear a St Patrick's Day badge – preferably one you made the week before in school. It was pretty much always sunny. We remember the odd year of rain but for the most part we all wore t-shirts and half the country would get sunburnt. There was always the few man bellies walking around because their owners got too hot and thought it a good plan to remove their green football jerseys.