Since I'm half Irish - both my maternal grandparents' families came to the U.S. from Ireland in the mid to late 1800s - I thought I'd make a little effort to celebrate our holiday. Here's a photo (on right) of my Irish Grandma and Grandpa Joyce, taken in the early 1940s. Grandma made corned beef and cabbage every St. Patrick's Day, yet I'd never once made it myself.
So this St. Patrick's Day, I stuck my corned beef in a crock pot and then headed to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Canoga Park. There were leprechauns, jugglers, kilt wearing men with bag pipes, a Mariachi band that played "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and Rip Taylor, who I remembered from the Gong Show!