Your Guide to St. Patty’s Day

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By Connor MacWilliams

St. Patrick's Day

On any other day a pint of green beer is quickly followed by a call to your local health inspector. However, on St. Patty’s Day weekend the city of Madison steps into the Twilight Zone and comes out much more inebriated than when they entered. Amidst the chaos that is St. Patty’s Day weekend its essential to have a complete plan of attack to hit all of the best green-beer slinging bars, partake in cheesy (yet oddly entertaining) Irish festivities and most importantly look good doing it. Regardless of BAC.

What to do

On a holiday like St. Patty’s Day, what more could you ask for than a classic Pub Crawl? Join the Beer Society of Wisconsin on their epic crawl, sponsored by Budweiser, on Saturday March 16. The crawl starts at 1 p.m. at Stadium Bar on Monroe St. and is followed by Lucky’s, Jordan’s Big 10 Pub and finishes at Buckingham’s. Along the way you will be followed by a merry band of bagpipers, as if you needed any more of a reason to go.

While St. Patty’s Day is a staple of the Wisconsin drinking culture, there are in fact other things to do over the weekend that do not include getting annihilated. If you are a fitness buff or enjoy a good run sign up for the Shamrock Shuffle. On Sunday, a 5K/10K run known as the 2013 Madison Shamrock Shuffle will take place beginning at the State Street pedestrian mall. The race benefits The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.

While St. Paddy’s Day is usually celebrated with Irish Car Bombs and green beer, it couldn’t hurt to actually absorb some authentic Irish culture. To end your St. Paddy’s Day weekend head on over to Brocach Irish Pub on the Square to catch The Kissers play a classic set of Irish music and enjoy a few Guinness on tap. The Kissers go on at 8pm. If you end up straying away from Brocach make sure to make it a round-trip and end the night with an Irish coffee. Seriously. So good.

End your busy weekend with a relaxing time at Madison’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The annual parade starts at 1:30 p.m. and goes around the Capitol Square. Proceeds from the event will go to the UW Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center.

What to Wear

Now, most importantly there is the decision of what to wear to all of these shenanigans. Most people just rummage through their closet and wear whatever green they own. While this is perfectly acceptable, laziness does not provide for a cute outfit. Take some inspiration from Ireland the homeland of St. Patrick’s Day. Mix orange, green and white to bring out your true Irish spirit. Pair some orange skinny jeans (Forever 21, $24.80), Sconnie tank (Sconnie, $20) and studded white leather jacket (Forever 21, $34.80). Be smart with your footwear choices ladies. Nothing is more tragic than seeing a girl stumble down state street in six inch heels. Stick with these studded plaid sneakers from Aldo ($70). Finally, finish your outfit off with more beads than a parade marshal at Mardi Gras and a green beer shot glass for a final statement piece (Party City).

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