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Post by contributor Ashley Strickland

This is probably my favorite time of year—the weather is finally starting to warm up, the flowers are blooming, and the month of March means St. Patrick’s Day.

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Although I don’t have one bit of Irish blood in me, I’m from Savannah, Georgia, and being a native Savannahian means that St. Patty’s Day is a big deal. Savannah is known for hosting the 2nd largest parade in the world—New York beats us out every year. The whole city shuts down, dyes the fountains green, (not the river anymore) and gears up for several days of Irish festivities. This year I’m taking 12 friends from Birmingham, Alabama, down for the fun. We’ll be donning our green gear (one friend will be dressing up as a leprechaun), drinking some green beer, and of course munching on some traditional Irish fare.

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In the past 10 years, I’ve only missed one St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Savannah. So, that year I brought the celebration to Birmingham and hosted a St. Patty’s Day party at my house. You can easily do the same. Try making your own green beer. Get your fill of corned beef and cabbage in the form of Open-Faced Coleslaw Reubens. Add a side of From-Scratch Oven Fries, and finish with Irish Cream Cake. Sláinte!

Food Photos Open-Faced Coleslaw Reubens: Southern Living; From-Scratch Oven Fries: Beth Dreiling Hontzas, Styling: Buffy Hargett; Irish Cream Cake: Southern Living