The greatest week of the spring semester is finally here: Spring Break. Though I won’t be going anywhere fantastic (although my own bed and home cooked meals sounds pretty close to fantastic), I will not be blogging for the next week. Never fear! I will return after this week with more thought-provoking articles than you will know what to do with.
In the meantime, locals have a lot to look forward to. Not only will the arrogant college students finally be out of their beautiful downtown area, but one of the biggest drinking holidays in America will finally arrive: St. Patrick’s Day.
However, if you are a student exiled to Lafayette and West Lafayette, your “staycation” will have an abundance of bars and entertainment to make you not-so-sad that a tropical oasis isn’t in your future.
Charles Adams, a senior in the College of Liberal Arts, isn’t upset that he is leaving for his home in Gary, Ind., before the festivities start. For him, St. Patrick’s day is just another holiday.
“I like to watch basketball and I know some teams wear green jerseys for St. Patrick’s Day, but I don’t know, it’s just never been really a special day,” Adams said.
Still, he was forced to “participate” in rituals in high school such as wearing green to keep from getting pinched. He remembers the first time it happened being confused as to the reason for the assault.
“I remember I was in high school and that’s when I first found out about it,” Adams said. “Somebody tried to pinch me but I’m not really OK with that, or at the time I wasn’t and I almost got into a fight about it. I didn’t know it was a thing.”
After this point, Adams reports that he is wearing green underwear each St. Patrick’s Day so that he can remain unchallenged and pinch free.
You’ll want to don the Kelly Green for bar events this weekend though. A full list can be found below:
Brothers Bar & Grill (Month-long special)
$4 Captain and Coke
$3.50 Irish Car Bomb
Jake’s Roadhouse (Monday only)
$3.75 Jameson shots
$4.75 Jameson drinks
$3.75 Guinness pints
$7.25 Bud and Bud Light pitchers
The Pint (Monday only)
Three Irish Dry Stouts
BrewDog Punk IPA
Beer Shakes, mint chocolate chip ice cream
The Neon Cactus
$12 buckets Bud and Bud Light
$15 100oz beer tubes
$3 Captain Morgans
$12 buckets of Miller Lite and Coors Light
$15 100oz tubes
Nine Irish Brothers
$1 off select drafts
The Moxie Strings – 8 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration
11 a.m. 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
12 p.m. Shawn Fitzpatrick
3 p.m. Highland Reign
6 p.m. Bloody Tinth
9 p.m. Wild Eye Rose
3 p.m. Bloody Tinth, Reilly
$4.50 Irish Coffee
$4.50 Bloody Mary
12 p.m. Traveler’s Dream
3 p.m. Reilly
7 p.m. Brendan Loughrey
“If you are still here and you are into that sort of thing, you can check out the nightlife,” Adams said. “The first thing that comes to mind with St. Patrick’s Day is beer.”
As always, if you are looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Irish way, please drink responsibly.