There are some weird and wonderful ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day out there, but an official baby race is a new one on us.
St. Patrick's Day has been and gone for another year and although you've had a couple of days to recover, we'd wager that some of you might still be nursing the remnants of a hangover. Or maybe that's just us. Despite the holiday very much being an Irish one, St. Patrick's Day has turned into something that is celebrated the world over.
As already touched upon, most celebrate the holiday by drinking alcohol, or more specifically Guinness if you want to be as traditional as possible. Other normal traditions include dressing in green and eating corned beef with cabbage. You can also dye an entire river green for the day if you like, as is the done thing in Chicago, but we think we'll leave ours as it is regardless of the holiday.
One newer St. Patrick's Day tradition that we are definitely on board with is baby racing. Yes, you heard us right, baby racing. This past weekend, parents from all over the US gathered in Florida and raced their green-clad toddlers against one another, reports Naples Daily News. Most of the 30 contestants were less than one year old so as you might imagine, chaos ensued.
It's hard to explain to someone that small that you need them to focus and cross the finish line. Even hammering home that a $200 gift card for Miromat Outlets is on the line isn't going to make them crawl any faster. Hovering at the finish line with something your little one can't get enough off might do the trick, though. One mom brought her remote control with her since her contestant loves nothing more than to fiddle with it.
It is fittingly called The Baby Leprechaun Race and it has become a St. Patrick's Day tradition. It was started years ago by B103.9, but we're not sure about the reasoning for it. B103.9's Joe Winner explained that it was originally created to fill a gap in the NASCAR calendar. We get that both NASCAR and this event are technically racing, but we would be surprised to hear that there is much of a crossover between the fanbases.