St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to have a fun, relaxing day of celebration without needing to worry about formal events and buying gifts. Colleges across the country are all preparing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and here are just a few colleges' traditions for celebrating the Irish.
1. Leprecon (Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco State University)
Leprecon is an annual St. Patrick’s Day-themed pub crawl that draws students from all across the Bay Area. It’s common to see attendees dressed in green and other leprechaun-inspired gear to make the event even more festive.
2. Fake Patty’s Day (Kansas State University)
This party takes place before St. Patrick’s Day during KSU’s spring break. The school provides Uber and Lyft discount codes to help prevent drinking and driving.
3. Missouri University of Science and Technology
MST takes St. Patrick’s Day very seriously. Students have two days off from classes, and the festivities include a parade, a concert and events such as a ceremonial Snake Invasion. Several events are open to the public, so even non-students can join in on the fun. There’s also St. Patrick’s Day-themed merchandise available for purchase to commemorate the event.
4. Chicago Schools
Every year, citizens of Chicago participate in a parade that spans most of the city and involves costumes, floats and fun. The parade ends with the dyeing of the Chicago River, which runs bright green.
5. Boston College
As a Catholic school with a thriving Irish-American student population, BC knows how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style. South Boston hosts an annual parade celebrating Irish heritage that many students flock to, and the college itself hosts events celebrating Irish history.
6. University of Scranton
Scranton hosts a large St. Patrick’s Day parade every year that hosts representatives from various local organizations. The parade is a chance for students to celebrate the holiday and wear plenty of green.
7. University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina is located in Columbia, whose Five Points Bar District hosts many Irish-inspired events on St. Patrick’s Day, including a concert. Many students flock to the district for festive celebrations.
Whether your school made the list or not, be sure to take some time this St. Patrick's Day to take part in the fun. You don't have to be Irish to have a good time!
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