Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the Irish

By Kelly McCarthy

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Celebrations for St. Patrick's Day stick to traditional meals of corned beef and cabbage, and spending time with family.

When the family-owned House of Reardon's first opened in 1922, they celebrated St. Patrick's Day a little differently.

"They used to actually cook the ham and cabbage dinners next door at the house and carry it over by foot and feed everybody," said owner Bob Norris.

But the oldest Irish bar in Broome County always has a big crowd on March 17.

"I married a girl from Ireland, she's sitting right over there," said Jim Halligan, "It's a very significant family holiday."

People wouldn't see as much green and glittery shamrocks if they were in Ireland for this holiday.

"It's very different," said Anna Halligan, "This is much more of a social occasion, at home in Ireland it's a holy day of obligation so you have to go to mass in the morning and then you usually have a big family dinner."

The true Irish say they'd like to clear up some misconceptions for future celebrations.

"It's St. Paddy's Day, P-A-D-D-Y, not T-T. That irks me," Jim Halligan said.

"In Irish the word for Patrick is Padraig," Anna Halligan said, "So it's Paddy."

A flag raising ceremony took place on Monday with people from Binghamton's Irish-American Community outside City Hall.

To honor the Irish traditions now celebrated in Broome County.

Members of the Ancient Order of the Hibernian and the Parade Committee led the ceremony along with Mayor Rich David.

They said this year's St. Patrick's Parade Day was a huge success and hopes everyone enjoys one of the unofficial starts to spring.

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