GREEN BAY – Saint Patrick’s Day festivities are in full swing.
For St. Brendan’s Inn in Green Bay, celebrating all things Irish is a daily occurrence. But on St. Patrick’s Day, the celebration gets a little bit bigger.
“We usually open very early on St. Patrick’s Day. This morning we opened at 9. We’re offering corned beefed cabbage, all the traditional Irish fare all day long. Our kitchen’s cooked over 600 pounds of corned beef,” said Ashley Oates, general manager of St. Brendan’s Inn.
But St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about the food, wearing green, and drinking beer. For Irish Americans, it’s a cultural and religious holiday.
Monday’s celebration started with a prayer called a blessing of shamrock.
“The shamrock has basically three leaves on it as you see, and the three leaves was meant to represent going back to the days of St. Patrick, how he conveyed the holy trinity to the Irish people…the father, son, holy ghost, the tree leaves of the shamrock,” said Sky Van Rossum.
Bill Lannoye dressed up like a leprechaun but he hasn’t forgotten his Irish roots.
“St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate, to thank God for what we do and for what we have…a time to celebrate our heritage,” said Bill Lannoye.
An hour’s drive west, residents of New London continue an annual tradition.
For the past 30 years the city has been changing its name from New London to New Dublin.
“We change about 14 different signs around the city making sure everybody knows that you’re in a different part of the world now,” said Robert Leahy.
New Dublin offers a weeklong celebration.