The first real St. Patrick's Day I ever experienced was in down town Philadelphia about 5 years ago. My mother-in-law was being honored in leu of her late father's work during his life as District Judge at the parade. Her father was Judge Vincent Carroll. He was nominated to serve as the Court of Common Pleas' first President Judge in 1968. He continued to serve as President Judge until his retirement in 1970. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed, watching Mrs. Klinges be honored along with her father whom she loved so dearly. Bagpipes that punctured your soul were of course also apart of the event and many tears were shed to say the least, as her very proud five sons watched in awe of the moment, the history, their family.
Earlier in the day the entire family, about 16 of us, gathered in front of Macy's Pub downtown Philly fresh off of the train from Brynn Mawr station to enjoy 9am Guinness stouts, buying silly string and pretzels from street vendors. Pretty sure there is nothing better than a giant parade, beer for breakfast, and chasing complete strangers with silly string.
In my search for the perfect soft pretzel recipe I came across this particular one from Food Networks Alton Brown. It needs no alteration whatsoever ever and turns out perfect every time. Remember to let them get a deep dark golden brown and allow time for the glorious cracks in the dough. You can order pretzel salt on amazon or find it in some grocery stores. Get your soft pretzel and green beer on today friends! Happy St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy your family and enjoy some soft pretzels!