For the second straight year, St. Patrick's Day is getting the short end of the stick. Last year, the world came to a sudden halt because of the coronavirus pandemic and New York shut down the bars and restaurants, the day before St. Patrick's Day without any advance notice.

The establishments had already ordered the corned beef and cabbage and dyed the beer green in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day when everything was stopped by the governor. Take-out was still available but it wasn't the same.

I remember driving by McGirks in Chenango Bridge that afternoon. The parking lot is usually full on St. Patty's Day but it looked like it was closed. We knew it was bad but no one knew that the two-week pause would take this long.

No St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2021

This year, we weren't able to have our annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and to make matters worse, the holiday falls on a Wednesday. Many of us know where the traditional Irish restaurants are for St. Patrick's Day and especially this year, we encourage you to eat local.

If you're looking for a different place to take your sweetie, how about McDonald's? After all, it's an Irish restaurant, right?  If you do that, let us know how that turns out for you.

St. Patrick's Day recipes 

If you plan on celebrating it at home again this year, Traci has some tasty Irish recipes for you to enjoy. As an added bonus, we've included Traci's Almost World Famous Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe too.

Happy St. Patrick's Day and remember: If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough. Finally, if you're looking for something to watch, check out Traci's list of the best movies to watch on St. Patrick's Day below.

20 of the Very Best Irish Movies