Our family is Irish Catholic, so naturally, St. Patrick's Day is a really big thing for us. Every year, we hang out our Irish and Erin Go Bragh flags out in front of our house, cook some Irish stew and corned beef and cabbage, and party like, well ... the Irish on St. Patrick's Day! We always ask people to wear their favorite St. Patrick's Day costumes, and we find that more often than not, everyone puts their best foot forward.
Of course the absolute favorite of the St. Patrick's Day costumes is the leprechaun. I would venture to say that we have 30 people at our St. Patrick's Day party each year, and at least six or seven of them are wearing leprechaun costumes. Don't get me wrong, I never mind a good leprechaun costume and our guests always take them to a new level. We have male leprechauns, we have female leprechauns, we have dogs dressed up like leprechauns and have even had a baby leprechaun. All are wearing their buckled hat and green suit, with some variations here and there, because they know if there are going to come dressed as a leprechaun, they better do it up right.
One of the cuter St. Patrick's Day costumes we saw last year was a girl dressed up like a shamrock. It was stuffed and fluffy, and she had on a green leotard underneath and had actually gone to the trouble of dying her hair green. She was someone obviously very proud of her Irish heritage, and that made me very proud to have her there. Everyone commented on how great she looked, and her boyfriend felt a little left out, as he came as an Irish rugby player.
Another lady decided to come as a fairy for our party and one of the guys came as a St. Patrick's Day Banshee, which was quite interesting. He had actually gone to a store online that specialized in St. Patrick's Day costumes and said that was where he found it. It was quite elaborate, and really did look just like a banshee. We asked him why he decided to come as an female mythological character from Irish folklore, and he informed us that he knew nobody would accuse him of being unoriginal if he did that. I had to give it to the guy, he took a chance and it paid off!
St. Patrick's Day costumes are always fun and always diverse when we have our annual St. Patrick's Day party. It comes naturally to us because we are Irish, but anyone can get involved and most of the people who come to our party are not. As the saying goes, everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.