Five things to do on St. Patrick’s Day?

Yes, I know what some of you are thinking.

“1. Drink beer. 2. Drink green beer. 3. Pass out. 4. Wake up. 5. Drink more green beer.”

But it wasn’t the late 1970s or early 1980s, when thousands of participants in the so-called annual St. drunkest from downtown Memphis to Overton Square.

In this less absorbing era, St. Patrick’s Day event organizers hope to see faces turn green from washable paint, not liver pain. Add this 21st century health awareness to the reality of the still very present pandemic, and you have what appears to be a relatively low-key St. Patrick’s Day season, with few places or organizations touting total outbursts of the Saint Patrick. the past.

So what to do? Here are some suggestions…

Head to Silky Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Five days before St. Patrick’s Day, Silky Sullivan’s 49th St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to Beale Street at 3pm on Saturday March 12.

The early weekend date should not raise many objections. In reality, do not taking place on St. Patrick’s Day has become almost a tradition for this particular “St. Patrick’s Day” parade.

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In 2020, the parade was canceled after COVID-19 lockdowns hit Shelby County. And in 2021, the parade’s sponsors, the Beale Street Merchants Association, held a very belated St. Patrick’s Day celebration in May, when the virus had subsided.

In that context, bringing the celebration back to March (if not March 17) represents a “spring kick-off,” “the beginning of our exit from the pandemic,” and a return to “all things normal,” Joellyn Sullivan said. , owner of Silky O’Sullivan’s, the bar and restaurant at 183 Beale that has maintained an Irish presence on the blues’ home street.

The parade ends at 5.30pm with the traditional ‘Blessing of the Drums’ in Beale’s Handy Park.

Silky Sullivan's 49th St. Patrick's Day Parade returns to Beale Street at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Test your knowledge at St. Paddy’s quiz competitions

Cerrito Entertainmentwill host special “St. Paddy’s” editions of his popular weekly quiz competitions. Expect questions about Ireland, leprechauns, whiskey and other related topics at 6 p.m. WednesdayMarch 16, at the Irish pub Cooper-Young, Celtic crossing903 S. Cooper, and at 7 p.m. ThursdayThe 17th of March, to Old Dominica Distillery305 S. before, and atPimento Burgers6450 Poplar.

In addition, Celtic Crossing organizes a“Whiskey Pairing Dinner”at 7 p.m. on March 16 under the “party tent” behind the pub. Organizers promise “three rare whiskeys” plus a three-course menu, created by chef Reny Alfonso.

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Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host a "Gardens at dusk" visit from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 17.

See some green at Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Emerald Isle. Wearing green. Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day are associated with all things green, and few spaces in Memphis say “green” as nicely as the Dixon Gallery and Gardens at 4339 Park. On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, the Dixon will remain open later than usual to host a “Gardens at Dusk” tour from 5-8 p.m. Intended to celebrate spring, the free tour of woodlands and flowerbeds Dixon’s flowers will be led by Director of Horticulture Dale Skaggs and Philipp Laagland, a Dutch bulb grower. For more information, visit dixon.org.

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Worship at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

Let’s not forget that St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday recognized by the Roman Catholic Church and several other denominations that honors a 5th-century bishop and missionary who is the patron saint of Ireland. Those who want to acknowledge the saint with worship rather than (or in addition to) revelry may want to visit the bishop’s namesake house of worship in Memphis,St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 277 S. Fourth St. Typically, Thursday Mass at the church is celebrated at 5:15 p.m. in the chapel, but on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, Mass will be held at 6 p.m. in the main sanctuary hall of the church, to accommodate the expected larger than usual crowds and after work. The church was founded in 1866.

This St. Patrick's Day is the perfect time to watch the snakes at the Memphis Zoo Herpetarium.

Visit the Memphis Zoo Herpetarium

Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day, you know the story of the snake, right? The popular legend that Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, is why Emerald Isle remains free of these (unjustly maligned) symbols of Satan even today?

In fact, the fossil record suggests that snakes never inhabited the relatively cold landmass of the island of Ireland. But luckily for ophidian fans, Patrick’s witchcraft didn’t extend beyond his domain, so the United States in general and Memphis in particular has plenty of snakes, including some from around the world, that can be found at the Memphis Zoo. .

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So why not pay homage to the undersnakes (undersnakes?) of St. Patrick’s story by visiting the zoo’s herpetarium? The building is home to species such as the Burmese python and the Louisiana pine snake. Stop by, say hello and say a little prayer for the future saints to work for the preservation of the species. Open every day.