The Irish and the Irish at heart are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday.
The day started as a Catholic feast day, to mark the death of St. Patrick, but it has evolved into a celebration of Ireland, the colour green, and of course, beer.
Toronto City Hall and the CN Tower will glow in green on Tuesday evening.
— Norm Kelly (@norm) March 17, 2015
Toronto’s Irish community has a long and proud history. And once a year, everyone’s invited to be part of it. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
— Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow) March 17, 2015
Across the GTA and beyond, pubs will be packed and the beer will be flowing to mark the day.
Police are reminding everyone to plan ahead and leave the car behind if you plan on enjoying a pint.
In a move to get the word out about responsible partying, Guelph police will be live tweeting from noon to midnight any police interactions with revellers using the hashtag #SafeStPattys.
In Ireland, pubs used to be closed on St. Patrick’s Day as a mark of respect for the religious holiday. In the 1970s, people were allowed to hit the pubs for pints.
Around 10 per cent of Torontonians claim to be Irish, but the holiday has appealed to many ethnic groups.
How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?
With files from Carl Hanstke