St. Patty’s In Chatty


St. Patty's In ChattyOver the years, this holiday has turned into leprechauns, green apparel and parades. While I thoroughly enjoy these traditions, I try to ensure my kids get a little history from the holiday too.

St. Patrick’s Day began as a simple holiday celebrating — you guessed it — St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. St. Patrick was a British missionary to the Emerald Isle and has long been credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. March 17th marks the day of his death and became a religious day of feast among the Irish Catholic people.

In the late 1700s, patriotism was rampant among Irish-Americans. Irish soldiers serving in the military marched through today’s Manhattan to a tavern for a tipple and so began the evolution of the traditions and celebrations we know today.

Wearing of the Green

This tradition consists of Irishmen wearing a patch of shamrocks in their lapel pocket. Churches all over the Emerald Isle bless them in ceremonies known as the Blessing of the Shamrocks. St. Patrick, however, actually taught Christianity to the Irish people using a three-leaf clover, or shamrock, to represent the Holy Trinity. Today, the four-leaf clover is often used as a symbol of luck and people will typically don green, of any kind, from head to toe to hit the town!

Green Beer

This is more of an American spin on the holiday. Prior to the 1970s, you would have been hard-pressed to find a pub in Ireland open on St. Patrick’s Day, much less serving green beer! It was then that Irish law was changed to allow pubs to open on March 17th, previously a quiet, religious holiday. Today, pubs and restaurants are open, serving green beer with corned beef and cabbage!


Celtic folklore believed in fairies, also known as leprechauns, which were mischievous little creatures. It was whispered that they were invisible and if one saw you sans green on St. Patrick’s Day, the little booger would pinch you! Legend has it that if you catch one of these magical creatures, they will grant you three wishes in exchange for their freedom.

Whether you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day based on new or old traditions, there are several options right here in Chatt-Town that are fun and family-friendly! 

St. Patrick’s Day in Chatty

5th Annual Chattanooga Shamrock Run

Join in the festive fun for a St. Patrick’s Day run along the Tennessee River. Races will be held on Sunday, March 17th. For more information, click here.

Southside Pizza & Uncommon Comedy Presents: St. Patrick’s Day Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy

Southside Pizza and Uncommon Comedy Presents:
St. Patrick’s Day Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic
Show up early to sign up!
Beer Specials ALL DAY LONG!


Chattanooga Shamrock Stroll St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Bar Crawl

St Patrick’s Weekend is back! Are ready to party and get green?! Come Join us March 16th when we search for gold on our Shamrock Stroll!

Chattanooga’s Best St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Bar Crawl

Chattanooga’s Best St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at one of the largest pub bar crawls in Chattanooga!

Local Restaurant Celebrations

The Honest Pint

Beef O’Brady’s

Leapin’ Leprechaun 

Tremont Tavern

Feed Table and Tavern

Celebrate at Home

If getting out and about in the sea of green shamrocks isn’t your thing, don’t miss the opportunity to learn about Irish culture and cuisine. Celebrate at home as a family or with friends! Serve up traditional foods like potato leek soup, corned beef, cabbage, soda bread and apple cake. Put on some Irish music or watch some Irish step dancing like Riverdance. If you’re feeling adventurous, even give it a try together as a family! Arrange some crafts for the kids like Washi tape rainbows, leprechaun puppets or Irish themed word finds.

However you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, here is an Irish blessing to begin your holiday traditions:

May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been;

The foresight to know where you’re going

And the insight to know when you’ve gone too far!

Be sure to check out Chattanooga Easter Events coming up after St. Patrick’s Day!