Don't even try to avoid the St. Patrick's Day hoopla this year. You can't hide. The green wave of Irish pride will find you and pump its Celtic blood through your veins... probably in the form of alcohol. Whether you go all out this March 17th or try to steer clear of the madness, chances are that you WILL encounter these 20 St. Patrick's Day staples at some point in your day.
Green beer is here! Drink it down and then gaze in awe at the green pee to follow.
Get ready to see some pooches decked out in their finest St. Paddy's duds.
Hopefully you'll encounter some delicious Irish cuisine.
But you'll probably run into this green slop instead.
You will see annoying drunk girls (you might even be one of them).
A Leprechaun using public transit? Yes, even magical Irish trolls need to get around when their unicorns are out of commission.
Nothing says St. Patrick's day like a drunken public brawl.
...And the arrest to follow.
Oversized green sunglasses have been a St. Patrick's day tradition, dating back to the 14th century.
Even if you don't see bagpipers on St. Patrick's Day, you WILL hear them. Whether it's from a passing parade or simply a House of Pain song blaring out of someone's car.
Did I mention the drunk people?
McDonald's single-handily created the best St. Patrick's day dessert known to man with its Shamrock shake.
Goofy St. Paddy's costumes are a given. Notice the beads, face paint and shamrock antennas, all characteristic of drunken debauchery.
If you're not drinking green beer, chances are you're drinking Irish Whiskey - like a man.
You will see drunks, a LOT of drunks.
Unless you live in Chinatown or on a Indian reservation, you will definitely see a parade. Even it's just one guy in your town and he's only 1/8 Irish, he will make sure a parade happens.
Sometime in the early 1990s, St. Patrick's day took a cue from Halloween and decided that it was going to be a national holiday for good girls to dress slutty and slutty girls to dress even sluttier. Blame the alcohol.
Guinness. 'Nuff said.
Redheads. They probably won't all look like this, but St. Patrick's Day is the unofficial day for ginger pride.
Oh, and more drunk people.