If I were to say, “Tabhair dom pog, is mise Eireannach” to the majority of Angelenos, most would give me a weird look and keep walking. If I were to say this to those same people on the 17th of March, they may have a very different reaction.

While “Tabhair dom pog, is mise Eireannach” literally translates to “Kiss me, I’m Irish” in the native tongue of Gaelic, the only reason I believe people would give me a different reaction would be a direct result of what the glorious celebration of Saint Patrick’s efforts to drive the snakes out of Ireland was really about: DRINKING!

Now, although we are not in the homeland, and no real Irish settler would ever mutter those words, we Americans have taken a great liking to, and put our own spin on this lively day of the green, white and orange. From pinching people for not wearing green to drinking green beer, the American rendition of an Irish holiday is, to say the least, really, really fun.

That being said, here is a list of great local activities you can join in order to feel Irish for the day, or maybe test your “heritage” with a few friends and a nice cold pint.

The Los Angeles St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival: This free event features an eclectic mix of Angelenos who will march from Main Street and Arcadia Street to 5th and Pershing Square to hear Lorenzo Lamas sing the national anthem. After the end of the parade, where the all-dressed-in-green are encouraged to walk, there will be a performance by the Young Dubliners in Pershing Square, which will be sure to keep patrons’ spirits high with their energetic music and old Celtic flare. Parade is 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., festival is 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Casey’s Irish Bar and Grill (613 S Grand Ave., Downtown): Talk about fun! This great old-style, wooden bar and grill tends to all people Irish. For this sacred holiday, the lads down at Casey’s offer green beer or the more traditional Guinness for $5 a pop. While the beer will flow all day, they also offer a unique experience to ride atop ($30) or inside ($20) their festive double-decker bus during the L.A. St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This fun bus features a full bar and DJ, while the bar itself will be hosting live music including a traditional Irish bagpiper. Get on this quick because the bus fills up. For tickets, call (213) 629-2353.

Brennan’s Pub (4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey): This true Irish pub will be holding its annual St. Patrick’s Day Party, which entails live music, great food and its infamous turtle racing. Although strange sounding, this tradition has gained in popularity since its induction and proves to be a harmless way to waste your money and enjoy great company at one of the L.A. area’s better pubs. For more information, call (310) 821-6622.

Patrick Molloy’s Sports Pub (50 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach): If you like to get a head start on the competition, I suggest you make your way to the Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza, where Pat Molloy’s serves up its famous St. Patty’s Day traditional Irish breakfast of “kegs and eggs.” Open at 7 a.m., this beach-y rendition of an Irish pub is a blast and surrounded by other festive bars and restaurants sure to make your day full of green beer and good times. For more information, call (310) 798-9762.

No matter where you end up on the day St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland, just remember to stay safe and give old St. Pat a cheers by hoisting your green beer to the sky and yelling “Slainte.”