7 cool photos of America celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

posted at 10:11 pm on March 17, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

George Washington

1780: George Washington declares St. Patrick’s Day a holiday for Revolutionary War troops.

So in an effort to give his men a badly needed break, to recognize the heritage of many of his soldiers and to express solidarity with the “brave and generous” people of Ireland, Washington issued general orders on March 16, 1780, proclaiming St. Patrick’s Day a holiday for his troops. It was the first day of rest for the Continental Army in more than a year. “The General directs that all fatigue and working parties cease for to-morrow the SEVENTEENTH instant,” read the orders, “a day held in particular regard by the people of [Ireland].”

Washington also told his troops that he expected “that the celebration of the day will not be attended with the least rioting or disorder.” While not all St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are well-behaved affairs, it appears that this one was. Soldiers may not have quaffed green tankards of ale, but the men of the Pennsylvania Division at least enjoyed a hogshead of rum that had been purchased by their commander. In appreciation of his actions, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a relief organization for Irish immigrants, named Washington an honorary member in 1782.

lithograph

1874: “Print shows portion of a parade with float in the center bearing a bust of Daniel O’Connell, Saint Patrick’s day in New York City, at Union Square with the German Savings Bank in the upper right corner and Trinity(?) Church in the background.”

Horse Show

1928: “Washington society youngster shoes pony for children’s horse show. Young Howland Russell, grandson of Mrs Borden Harriman, refuses to intrust to a groom the important business of preparing his pony “Tottles” for the Children’s Horse Show which will held in the National Capital on St. Patrick’s Day”

Benny Goodman

1939: “St. Patrick’s Day spirit at Capitol. Washington, D.C., March 17. Sons of the auld sod in Congress, assisted by Benny Goodman, swing band leader, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with music today on the Capitol steps. Seen in the photo are, left to right – Senator Joseph O’Mahoney, Wyoming – Eunice Healy, dancer in Goodman’s show – Benny Goodman, and Senator Claude Pepper of Florida”

Mom & daughter

1953: “Mother and daughter, half-length portrait, standing, facing front, wait for Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, New York City.”

Grace Kelly

1954: Grace Kelly wearing a green dress for a St. Patrick’s Day photo shoot

Kennedy 1958


1958:
Senator John F. Kennedy and wife, Jackie, campaigning for his Senate re-election in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Update: One more!

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1974: “Pat Nixon Celebrating Her St. Patrick’s Day Birthday aboard Air Force One”

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Oh, well. I am a Danish-German Lutheran. Just another day for me…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Lovely photos. Ham was blogger of the year. I’ve got a long way to go before I take that award. I just tell myself… One day at a time Sparky.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM

You can be Irish. Just kiss one of those wood nymphs with the Irish accent.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Even Twerp is Irish today.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Very cool.

Sparky….I’m part Irish…pucker up. ;)

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

What?!? No picture of Barky??

I’m bereft and befuddled…

;-)

Shepherd Lover on March 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM

My husband’s a Chicago mick. He had a Shiner Ale. I spiked my Starbucks with Irish creme.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM

OK, I agree to be little and green — just for today. To show solidarity with the leprechauns, of course.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

You can be Irish. Just kiss one of those wood nymphs with the Irish accent.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 10:21 PM

No es necesario. Me gusta lo que soy muy bien …

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

What?!? No picture of Barky??

I’m bereft and befuddled…

;-)

Shepherd Lover on March 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

I know, the first Irish African American preznit, what’s up with that…

jimver on March 17, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Lovely photos. Ham was blogger of the year. I’ve got a long way to go before I take that award. I just tell myself… One day at a time Sparky.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

lol, Sparky. There is no one who compares to you. Just remember your friends when you get famous. MKH is prettier than you though.

arnold ziffel on March 17, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Excellent. :)

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Life was great without Obama.

At least we have pictures…….

Electrongod on March 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Must. Link.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Hell, we could be related. (Actually probably not, Nebraska is overrun with Scandinavians and Germans and most of them seem to be Lutheran).

LukeinNE on March 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Why are there only white people in your pictures?

daddytype on March 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Grace Kelly! :-)

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Grace Kelly was beautiful enough to be America’s Princess.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Why are there only white people in your pictures?

daddytype on March 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Well, the hand written note from George Washington isn’t technically a white person.

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

…where is the picture of MKH celebrating St. Pat’s day?
…………..now I have to watch O’Reilly!

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Grace Kelly, green gown; no man has had that great a St. Patrick’s Day since.

M240H on March 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Worthy!

Sacramento on March 17, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Must. Link.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Get outta here! Too funny. Lately I’ve been watching the current version of Svengoolie on Saturday nights, on ME-TV. He’s an acquired taste.

I spent many a late Saturday night watching “Chilly Billy” Cardille of “Chiller Theatre” on a Pittsburgh TV station back in the ’60s and ’70s. Good times.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Why are there only white people in your pictures?

daddytype on March 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Take a closer look at the Nixon picture. There may be a black woman. Of course she’s in the back of the plane.

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Hell, we could be related. (Actually probably not, Nebraska is overrun with Scandinavians and Germans and most of them seem to be Lutheran).

LukeinNE on March 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM

That we are…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Why are there only white dead people in your pictures?

daddytype on March 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Fixed?

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:38 PM

We’ve tracked our family history back two hundred years to the point of origin becomes “murky” – the ancestor born in Ireland at the end of the 17th century only acknowledged “his father’s Celtic origins” to his wife he married after his father’s death.

Sounds romantic … but research aided by our contemporary cousins in Ireland established that better than 30% of the families in Ireland had “an ancestor of Celtic origins” (i.e. Scottish) who had fled to remote part of Ireland to escape the “fvcking British”.

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Why are there only white people in your pictures?

daddytype on March 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Because the “black Irish” don’t have African genes but, rather, Spanish?

M240H on March 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Where is QOTD?

Doc Holliday on March 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Where is QOTD?

Doc Holliday on March 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM

LOLZ!

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM

I think Allah may have died. There’s no grumble thread. Oh well. He’s with 72 virgins now.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I used to watch SoS on WFLD channel 32 in Chicago. The Empire Carpet spoof is also a riot.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

That we are…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Interestingly, my Danish-German father was Roman Catholic (through the German line) before converting when he married my (Danish-Swedish) mother.

LukeinNE on March 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I used to watch SoS on WFLD channel 32 in Chicago.
annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

BER – wyn!!

I learned that from the show.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I feel sorry for young people today who think if it happened before cell phones and laptops were invented, it couldn’t have been much fun.

ncinca on March 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

My native Pittsburgher mom couldn’t say ‘Berwyn’ w/ o saying it Ber-WYN. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Where is QOTD?

Doc Holliday on March 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Patience, Doc. QOTD isn’t til at least 11:00 on week days.

Barred on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Patience, Doc. QOTD isn’t til at least 11:00 on week days.

Barred on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Wrong…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Green dress, very Nice. Happy, Happy, everyone wherever you are from or wherever you are!

This is AMERICA, we celebrate everything and especially being AMERICAN!

Irish-American spotlight today, for sure, it’s cool! Cinco De Mayo, Mexican-American, it’s cool.

4th of July we’re all just Americans!

16th of May, be an American!

Who is John Galt on March 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Wrong…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Why?

Barred on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Sorry, I do see some posted before 11. It just seemed to me most was around then.

Barred on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

My sister was in a car accident with Claude Pepper in 1986. He was being driven around Washington in a limo, still in Congress 50 years after that picture.

Ted Torgerson on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Why are there only white people in your pictures?

daddytype on March 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Everyone is white on St.Patrick’s Day.

Solaratov on March 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Is HotAir allowed to post pictures like this, they didn’t include the gheys?

reddevil on March 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

MKH looked good in green……………Juan?

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Hey what about any Reagan pics ?
Palin has a pic of Ronald Reagan walking in a green derby.
Awesome memory.
.
Leftist commies somehow disapprove of it……they accuse Sarah of “Pandering ” because she posts it……….
.
They have forgotten their Chicago Jesus’ evil ways , now that the rightful Queen is on the way….

FlaMurph on March 18, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Wonder if JFK ever hooked up with Grace Kelly?

whatcat on March 18, 2014 at 12:29 AM

My husband’s a Chicago mick. He had a Shiner Ale. I spiked my Starbucks with Irish creme.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Where from in Chicago? I grew up in “Da Heights,” Al Capone’s southern command.

ImmigrantsWife on March 18, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Grace Kelly was incredible.

V7_Sport on March 18, 2014 at 12:48 AM

You goyim once caused my favorite bagel store to make green bagels on SPD.

Never forget.

Shy Guy on March 18, 2014 at 12:59 AM

Wonder if JFK ever hooked up with Grace Kelly?

whatcat on March 18, 2014 at 12:29 AM

LET SLEEPING PRESIDENTS LIE!

:)

Shy Guy on March 18, 2014 at 1:01 AM

LET SLEEPING PRESIDENTS LIE!

:)

Shy Guy on March 18, 2014 at 1:01 AM

And golfing ones, too!

whatcat on March 18, 2014 at 1:14 AM

I rather liked this candid picture of an (half)Irish American on St. Paddy’s Day….

apostic on March 18, 2014 at 2:45 AM

Scots-Irish on my moms side (Buchanan, pronounced Buckhanon not Bukehanon in my family). German on my dads side. My red hair and freckles could have come from either ancestor but I loved my granda Buck best so claim the Scots-Irish ancestry first. Since my daughter was an Irish Dance champion and not a lederhosen wearing blonde chick thats another vote in favor of the kilt wearing peoples. I hope everyone had a great St Patricks day. On Cinco de Mayo I plan on eating out at my fav Mexican restaurant and sipping on a Corona with lime. Hey I can be multi cultural.

neyney on March 18, 2014 at 2:49 AM

This French-Irish American is also waiting for Bastille day.

Don L on March 18, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Grace Kelly! :-)

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Picture of elegance. She was fabulous in Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart and Raymond Burr.

BuckeyeSam on March 18, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Grace Kelly! :-)

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Yes, please! And I don’t even like blondes.

CurtZHP on March 18, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Claude Pepper?!? Good grief. I remember what a doddering old fool he became, with that gigantic nose practically wagging when he spoke.

Ward Cleaver on March 18, 2014 at 9:41 AM

I’m sure my greatx4 maybe x5 grandfather who came from Ireland and fought with Washington’s army of independence appreciated the holiday. He enjoyed it so much he fought in the war of 1812, too. Moving on to today, we have businesses and mayors not participating because some group or another was excluded. We’ve come a long way, baby.

Kissmygrits on March 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Why are there only white people no people carrying LGBT banners in your pictures?

daddytype on March 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

State of Our Union. Pathetic.

NOMOBO on March 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM

ImmigrantsWife on March 18, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Seriously?
We actually lived in ‘Da Heights’ prior to our move Texas.
Husband grew up in Homewood, I grew up in University Park(formerly PFS), and Spawn-from my first marriage-was born @ St. James.
Small world! LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I was at Toronto’s St. Patrick Day’s parade yesterday. I especailly enjoyed the Philipine Marching Band.

Johnny 100 Pesos on March 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Except for drinking their fine beers and whisky, I don’t do any Papist stuff.

esnap on March 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM

esnap on March 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM

“papist’ is an anti-Catholic term.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM