Sl?inte - To your health this St. Patrick's Day

You may be interested to know that there are some 36.5 million U.S. residents with Irish roots - a number nine times the population of the "Emerald Isle" itself. On March 17 every year, however, we're fairly certain the number of claimants to this heritage must skyrocket into the hundreds of millions here in the states. And why not? St. Patrick's Day is a holiday that got its start here, as Irish patriotism grew in the late 18th century along with the population of Irish immigrants arriving here. Since 1820, some 4.8 million immigrants from Ireland have been admitted to the United States. With the proud, interesting and extensive culture and history the Irish brought with them, it's no surprise St. Patrick's Day celebrations not only came into being here, but also flourished.

"Patty's" as it's often referred to in Ireland, is celebrated by people of all backgrounds and nationalities, but generally the largest number of celebrants and events can be found in the United States, Canada and Australia. And though these countries lay claim to the largest celebrations, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many other areas around the world including Asia, Africa and South America. In Ireland itself, St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. Recently, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use the "holiday" as a way to drive tourism.

Across the country tomorrow (and around the world for that matter), celebrations will be held in streets, pubs, residences and just about anywhere else you can think of. Here in Vegas, you'll find no shortage of St. Patrick's Day festivities in which to partake. We hope you'll join us here at the M Resort tomorrow whether you're Irish all the time or just for the day - you'll find St. Patty's Day inspired fare and Irish drink and beer specials at a number of locations throughout the property.

May you have warm words on a cold evening,

A full moon on a dark night,

And the road downhill all the way to your door.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.