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How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Sober

The St. Patrick's Day holiday is typically one filled with green beer. But you can cast off the Guinness -- just like St. Patrick cast the snakes out of Ireland -- and enjoy other elements of Irish culture, booze-free.


  • Step 1: Wear green Don't get pinched for wearing something other than green. Wear your green gear with pride.
  • TIP: Add a "Kiss Me I'm Irish" button to your attire for some added fun. It might work even better than mistletoe at Christmas.
  • Step 2: Make a non-alcoholic punch Make a non-alcoholic green punch by combining the lemon-lime soda, the lime sherbet, and the crushed ice. If people ask what you're drinking, call it "leprechaun's luck" or another name that refers to Irish culture.
  • Step 3: Eat an Irish meal Sit down at a local Irish pub to eat an Irish meal. Some traditional Irish dishes include corned beef and cabbage and boxty, a potato dish.
  • Step 4: Attend a parade Attend a parade in your area. Many cities in the United States throw a parade to commemorate the holiday.
  • TIP: Find out if there is an Irish history tour of your area. This could include tours through old Irish neighborhoods and other cultural landmarks.
  • Step 5: Learn some Gaelic Learn some Gaelic. Start simple with "Hello." In Gaelic "Hello" is "Dia Dhuit."
  • Step 6: Be a designated driver Help out your friends who might not be celebrating so soberly and be a designated driver. By staying sober on March 17, you'll wake up the next morning with fun memories of St. Patrick's Day instead of a hangover.
  • FACT: The first ever St. Patrick's Day parade was held in Manhattan -- not Ireland -- in 1762, 14 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

You Will Need

  • Green clothes
  • 1 gal. lemon-lime soda
  • 2 pts. lime sherbet
  • 2 c. crushed ice
  • Desire to learn about Irish culture
  • Button (optional)

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