St Patrick's Day Events

MARCH 12 - Open to the public and are free. 

12:00 noon  Irish Flag Ceremony
Capitol Rotunda, Madison, WI

1:30 pm  St Patrick's Day Parade


Dinner Celebration
Coliseum Bar, 232 E Olin Ave, Madison, WI
Reservations required - see dinner link above


The Legend of the Shamrock

Long ago, when Ireland was the land of Druids, there was a great Bishop. St. Patrick, was his name—for he was indeed a saint—was well loved everywhere he went. One day, however, a group of his followers came to him and admitted that it was difficult for them to believe in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. St. Patrick reflected a moment and then, stooping down, he plucked a leaf from the shamrock.  St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The simple beauty of this explanation convinced these skeptics, and from that day the shamrock has been a traditional symbol of Ireland.