Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in South America at Wild Rover La Paz

Only 2 weeks away: Friday, March 17 is coming up fast and you know what that means!

No?

Green beer…

Leprechauns…

Four leaf clovers…

Maybe even getting pinched…

Still no?

St. Patrick's Day in South America at Wild Rover La Paz

ST PATRICKS DAY, of course!

I’m not sure how they do St. Patty’s authentically, in Ireland (witnessing THAT would be a dream), but I used to religiously celebrate what could arguably be every American’s favorite day drinking holiday. In good old Grand Rapids, Michigan we’d do St. Patrick’s Day in typical Midwestern American style with street parties, a heavy emphasis on binge day drinking, and face paint.

Whether you’re St. Patty’s obsessed like me [I even used to work at an Irish-Mexican bar when I lived in the US, yup, that dream combo exists in the fabulously named Carlos O’Kellys, no joke], OR you’ve never downed a green beer in your life, if you’re in South America on St. Patrick’s Day you’ll probably be checking out Wild Rover. It is considered THE place to be on St. Patty’s Day.  This wild (literally) Irish hostel gets seriously in the spirit.

Every Wild Rover location throws an enormous party, both for hostel guests and outsiders, with an American-style St. Patty’s Day Atmosphere.  After moving outside the US and going three years without my beloved jolly green holiday, I had high expectations that were met (and promptly followed by a killer hangover) when I visited the La Paz location with Lavi.

St. Patrick's Day in South America at Wild Rover La Paz

my first ever St. Patty’s Parade escorted by a 6-piece band

The hostel usually hands out green t-shirts, but you should definitely bring your own green garb just in case. And glitter. You can never have enough green glitter.

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Drinking started early, with breakfast, and continued until late in the night. The festivities were punctuated by bag pipers, a parade, and even a wizard (don’t believe me? see below. shit got weird.).

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It was definitely a St. Patrick’s Day I won’t soon forget…

This year, Wild Rover’s St. Patrick’s Day Activities are as follows:

Thursday 16th

GREEN GATHERING

UV Party with Live DJ

Paddy-s Day Countdown

 

Friday 17th  – ST. Patricks Day

5th Annual St Patricks Day Parade (the world’s highest St. Patricks Day Parade)

Live Band

Live DJ

Irish Food Special

Freebies and Giveaways

 

Saturday 18th

“You don’t need to be Irish to be lucky”

All day BBQ

6 Nations Rugby at the bar

Live Band

Drinking Games

Pot o’gold

Giveaways and freebies

 

Sunday 19th

The Aftermath

Drink for your country

Sunday Roast Special

 

Have a green beer for me!


Note of Caution

St. Patrick's Day in South America at Wild Rover La Paz

For all my solo lady travelers, and even not-so-solo lady travelers, this is an event that gets quite wild (by the end of the night, there was some Magic Mike-style nakedness happening on the bar, or so I heard. I pass out too early for that shit. I’m almost 30, and I just really value my sleep, don’t judge).

I’m asking you to do the following for yourself, as a friend who cares about you, at this crazy party AND at all others.

PLEASE:

Watch your drink. It can be easy to get caught up in the fun and celebratory party mood, but don’t accept drinks that you don’t see poured, or that you don’t open yourself.

Don’t get blackout drunk. If you’re not entirely familiar with your surroundings and all the people around you, please don’t endanger yourself by lowering your inhibitions and weakening your judgment. This goes x10 in a foreign country, and x1000 in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language and/or don’t truly know anyone else.

Don’t go anywhere isolated with anyone you don’t know, especially if you’re intoxicated. Even inside the hostel or bar (this includes bathrooms, private rooms, dark hallways).

If you’re not comfortable, speak up. If a guy is harassing you, tell him to stop, and enlist the help of a friend or anyone around you (including hostel/bar workers). If you feel too drunk, ask a hostel/bar worker to call you a cab. If you feel like you’ve OD’ed, drank yourself into alcohol poisoning, or have been drugged – go to the hospital. Even if you’re just getting a weird vibe, do whatever you think is best, and who cares what anyone else thinks.

^This last one is the most important. I’ve made 2017 my year of “NO”, and standing up for myself (in all areas of life), and maybe you’ll do the same!


St. Patrick's Day in South America at Wild Rover La Paz


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