By Paul Koch

Friday is the day, Friday is the anniversary of the death of the patron saint of Ireland, and it will be amateur hour at pubs across the country. Young and old will dress up like Leprechauns, cheap beer will be dyed green and a scene that looks like a combination of Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo covered in clovers will fill the local Irish (or even non-Irish) bar. There will beads and revelry and drink specials and if you’re lucky, songs with a live band.