St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. source
We spent the evening at Dowling’s Pub in Roselle Park located at 117 Chestnut St, Roselle Park, NJ 07204. The evening was full of green beer, dancers and live music. We sampled the Rueben and Pastrami sandwiches and they were delicious. The alley was blocked off and we were able to sit outside and people watch.