You might not think that St. Patrick’s Day would get much recognition in Mexico, but you’d be wrong. The Irish are quite important to the history of Mexico and they receive two celebrations. The first is on September 12th, the day that many Irish were executed for treason after defecting from the US Army to fight alongside Mexicans during the US-Mexico war from 1846-1848. These defectors formed the St Patrick’s (or San Patricios in Spanish) Battalion and fought for Mexico during most major campaigns. Led by Captain John Riley of County Galway, the battalion was known for its bravery. They even have a plaque dedicated to them in Mexico City. The second celebration of the San Patricios falls on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th.
Unlike many Americans, most Mexicans know a great deal about the history of their country and the Irish are quite a revered people throughout Mexico. If you’re visiting Puerto Vallarta during St Patrick’s Day and want to celebrate the Irish, you can find plenty of restaurants offering traditional corned beef and cabbage dinners (even though they don’t eat that in Ireland).
Here’s where to find some of them:
Coco Tropical – Corner of Olas Altas and Basilio Badillo, on beach: Three-course dinner with live music, $355 pesos.
La Tia Catrina – Basilio Badillo #418: Traditional dinner, $250 pesos.
epoca – Aquiles Serdan #174: 3 courses, reservations required, $250 pesos.
Que Pasa – Aquiles Serdan #625: Starting at 2pm, corned beef and cabbage for $190 pesos.
The Shamrock – Bucerias: All day St. Patrick’s festival at this Irish pub with live Irish music, an Irish DJ and lots of fun stuff for kids.
Know of any others? Leave them in the comments!