St. Patrick's feast got displaced by Holy Week, but you wouldn't know it here in Chicago! Saturday was the "civic" observance, with the dyeing of the Chicago River and the parade (which just doesn't measure up to my New Orleans' standards).
Patrick is up there with Ignatius and John the Baptist in my "favorite saints" category: he's the Apostle of Ireland, the St. Paul of the Celts, the Father of the Irish Church, etc. Even though it's technically not his feast day this year, don't let the day go by without reading at least a few paragraphs of his autobiographical "Confessions." You'll see what I mean about St. Paul.
I'd love to see people take St. Patrick's day more seriously and give Patrick the pulpit for a day. (I wonder what he would say about the drunken leprechaun themes of so many restaurant signs?)
Here's a video I took at the Greening of the River on Saturday...