In New York City, the St. Patrick's Day parade on Fifth Avenue is the largest one in the nation. It marches past St. Patrick's Cathedral and usually features Irish dancing, Irish music from bagpipes, and traditional Irish garb. Here's a short video from History.com with interesting facts about St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is said to welcome much more visitors than the Empire State Building! Have you been one of its visitors?
- VERDANT - green from vegetation (grass, plants, trees)
- EMBLEM - symbol
- DON - wear; put on
- REVELERS - party goers
- HEAD TO - go to
- DOWN - drink (usually quickly)
- PINT - about half a liter (usually of beer or something similar--ale, lager--in this context)
- GRUB - food #slang
- GARB - clothing
Here's another video about St. Patrick's Day from History.com. If you know a bit about St. Patrick's Day, bet you didn't know some of these facts!
Have a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!
--Joe Yu, ESL instructor