OKLAHOMANS GET A LITTLE IRISH
Gear up in your favorite shade of green and get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around the state. Oklahoma City hosts their annual downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12. Settle in with family and friends to watch Irish step dancers and listen to traditional Irish music. Complete your St. Patrick’s day in downtown Oklahoma City with the Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at the corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma Avenue.
If you plan to spend your time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Tulsa, check out the 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run through Brookside on March 12. On the big day itself, be sure to pencil in a visit downtown for McNellies’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Arnie’s Bar’s 60th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Woody’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with a few thousand of your closest friends.
If a quieter celebration is more up your alley, pack up the car and make a trip to Shamrock, located in Creek County. Although there are no official holiday celebrations, visit the small town to get a glimpse of this former oil boomtown.
THE “LOVE” OF THE IRISH
While Ireland may seem a strange place to see a statue thanking a Native American tribe, the creation of the art is the result of an act of kindness more than 150 years ago.
The statue, which is on display in Bailic Park in the town of Middleton located in Ireland’s County Cork, depicts nine 20-foot, stainless-steel eagle feathers. The statue thanks the Choctaw tribe for making a donation to help the country during the Great Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s.
Despite the oppression faced by the Choctaws in the recent years before the famine, they raised $170 to send to the starving Irish people – equivalent to close to $5,000 based on today’s currency.