Snapshots: Gorlok Gathers for Early St. Patrick’s Day

| March 16, 2012
Webster University Gorlok

Faculty Senate president Ralph Olliges came prepared from head to toe.

Webster University Gorlok

Get your own plate, Gorlok.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17 is a religious feast day that commemorates the anniversary of this Catholic saint’s death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for more than 1,000 years.

In the United States, Irish immigrants’ celebration of the day helped turn it into an informal national holiday where “everyone is Irish” — and many wear green.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman attended New York City ‘s St. Patrick’s Day parade, “a proud moment for the many Irish Americans whose ancestors had to fight stereotypes and racial prejudice to find acceptance in the New World.”

Chicago, with a heavy Irish population, even dyes the Chicago River green.

St. Louis, home of Webster University, has two parades — one downtown on the weekend, and one in historic “Dogtown” that is held no matter which day of the week March 17 falls upon in a given year.

Webster University Gorlok

Next, the Gorlok tried flattery.

With the holiday falling on a Saturday at the end of Webster’s Spring Break this year, faculty, staff and students gathered in Marletto’s for an early St. Patrick’s Gorlok Gathering, with an open buffet of traditional Irish food — and green-dyed treats — for all.

With a shamrock scarf, the Gorlok was there socializing — and trying to get its paws on everyone’s food, as usual.


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