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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of St. Patrick’s Day?

Asked at Dillons, 1015 West 23rd St. on March 17, 2011

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Photo of Ashley Seibert

“Green I guess is the easy one.”

Photo of Dorcella Rowland

“I’m Native American, so a lot of Caucasians wearing green and being crazy.”

Photo of Barbara Limberg

“Just people bursting out and being happy.”

Photo of Ron Armstrong

“Green beer.”


Pitt_Mackeson 6 years ago

I want to be Ron when I grow up; awesome sunglasses, sick beard, beer......

RoeDapple 6 years ago

Everybody thinks they're Irish today. Even My Native American friends.

RoeDapple 6 years ago

Wow, saying "Irish" kinda feels like I'm getting away with something. Like saying "damn" or "hell" in church when I was 11 years old. I look forward now to April 29 . . . Arbor Day . . .

ranger73 6 years ago

corned beef and cabbage! mmmmmmmmmmm makes a person a little gassy though...

Clevercowgirl 6 years ago

Why on earth anyone would take their children to a parade in which:

  1. The streets are lined with drunks; and
  2. The parade starts at a strip club.

Cait McKnelly 6 years ago

Actually, hon, it's worse. The parade starts at a park and ends at a strip club. And their "queen" is chosen in that very same strip club.

mikeydku13 6 years ago

Ohhhh relax u two! Its NOT like the kids r goin in their to watch nor is the queen a stripper! That's the one place following a parade route through downtown and N. Lawrence that accomodates enough room for everyone to turn around and just end things.... Isn't Lawrence supposed to be some liberal town that encourages homelessness and raggidy hair and bad hygiene??? What's wrong with a darn parade ending at a bar??? Hmmmmm? JUST SAYING....

pace 6 years ago

It is better than when they started at the bar, drinking and driving floats, bad.

Kris_H 6 years ago

Corned beef and cabbage and of course potatoes. You can cook the corned beef in Guiness but make sure you have plenty left for you.

Also, Druids. :)

Cait McKnelly 6 years ago

The only thing the Lawrence parade has to do with "St Patrick" is the name. Substitute that with "Green Beer and Plastic Beads Day" and you'd have some accuracy. That said, I don't begrudge Lawrence it's giddy spring bacchanal. Have fun guys. To actually answer the MOTS question; I think of white lace and green satin, followed closely by a thatched roof cottage and the scent of a peat fire. (Nothing smells like a peat fire.)

Mary Darst 6 years ago

Is that like, Who comes out at Halloween? Jack and Jackie O' Lantern

mr_right_wing 6 years ago

Mike Murphy riding the garbage truck in the KC parade.............if he still even does that.

(WHAT!?!?!?) are only supposed to wear a 'kiss me I'm Irish' t-shirt if you are an unattractive person...that's part of the whole joke. I don't have one of those shirts myself, but sure...I qualify (to wear one)!! Beautiful people...don't wear those shirts....whatcha gonna do when someone comes up and says "ok!! pucker up baby!!" defeats the whole purpose.

mr_right_wing 6 years ago

Wow....'legend' to say the least. Thanks.

Scott Drummond 6 years ago

Agreed. Raised a glass or two in his honor. Great man.

BigPrune 6 years ago

Green beer and waiting for the green p** (that never happens).

Sheryl Wiggins 6 years ago

the first thing I think of of is that I was just there in January and would give nearly anything to go back. secondly; feck, I'd kill for a Guinness 3.Cead mille failte! D. ni bheidh mo leithed aris ann

that's it for now -Finn McCool

Cait McKnelly 6 years ago

Send a pog mo thion on the way out of the door Finn :)

Cait McKnelly 6 years ago

This comment (rather apt) from a friend: "St. Patrick's day in America- a day when both non Irish and non Catholics wear lots of green and get drunk. It's sort of like MLK day being celebrated by wearing blackface and drinking malt liquor and eating fried chicken."

Deja Coffin 6 years ago

All I can think about today is finishing up the cupcakes for a friend's party. The cupcakes: Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream and Jameson Whiskey Frosting! Happy St. Patty's Day!!

kernal 6 years ago

Patty? Think you meant Paddy.

Verdad 6 years ago

I think of Agnostick dancing down Mass Street in a green tutu.

Seriously though, I think of my old "friend" Mike Murphy riding the garbage truck. RIP Mke

LadyJ 6 years ago

Irish Step Dancing. Heard this one on the radio today- What do you call the buildings the Irish little folk live in? A Leprechaundo.

pissedinlawrence 6 years ago

So according to Dorcella Rowland's statement, Native Americans don't celebrate St patricks day?

squarepusher 6 years ago

She said, "A lot" of Caucasians, not all.

I personally would have said, "A lot of dumb asses" (noting the vandalous drunks), so that would have included all race groups.

squarepusher 6 years ago

Not traditionally. I think it's an acquired taste.

TopJayhawk 6 years ago

You forgot green pee from the green beer

TopJayhawk 6 years ago

Bangers and Mash.

and to the Native-American lady. You too are a caucasian. 'Bout time you learn that.

squarepusher 6 years ago

Really? Is that necessary? Great comment, until you got to the end of your first sentence.

pizzapete 6 years ago

Inexperienced drinkers filling up the bars and puking all over themselves.

squarepusher 6 years ago

A lot of people skipping class or calling in sick, or both. End result? Fun. It's good medicine, unless you're a drinker.

GSWtotheheart 6 years ago

wearing of the green drinking of the green smoking of the green puking of the green

(I can't take credit for that...heard it on KY 102 years ago and it stuck with me ever since!) LOL

pace 6 years ago

I was a freshman, went down town and there were pools of green vomit, I never liked the heavy drinking holidays.

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