March 18, 2015
By the Rising of the Moon
St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break, these rites of the spring
party season are big deals on South Florida. Spring Break is the annual flood
of college students who head to the south in search of sun, booze and some wild
times to let off some steam before heading in to the home stretch of the school
year. It has been many a moon since I myself was on spring break, but I have
not developed in to one of those old curmudgeons who despises everything about
It is just another part of living in a place that attracts
spring breakers and while they can get somewhat annoying, they are hardly alone
in that respect and at least they have the excuse of being young and foolish on
their side, unlike many annoying vacationers who should probably know better.
While I have managed to mostly avoid Spring Break in Key
West, limiting going out, certainly downtown, I did find myself right in the
midst of a Spring Break/St. Patrick’s Day party in Ft. Lauderdale where in a
single evening I got my fill of both. I drove up to Miami/ Lauderdale to attend
a John Mellencamp concert that just happened to fall on St’Patrick’s day right
in the heart of the Lauderdale party zone.
On the trip up, I took a detour to the Wynwood section of
Miami where I checked out many of the amazing murals that cover most of the
buildings in the area and to visit a brand new brewery, J. Wakefield Brewing
which is right in the heart of the booming arts district. I loved the brewery
which had an arty geek vibe with Star Wars imagery covering their walls and
yummy beer from the brewery.
Then it was on to the arts district of Lauderdale which was
in prime Spring Break/ St. Paddy’s mode. They had the streets blocked off for a
huge block party with literally thousands of green clad revelers that included
both visiting Spring Breakers and a large contingent of local partiers as well
to take in the fun. I happened to be wearing a Purdue basketball shirt and it
soon became obvious that Purdue was among the schools that was on break as
students kept commenting on my shirt and asking me if and when I attended. Back
in the dark ages I would reply. Ha.
Still it was a fun evening and I even drank some green beer,
which was of course just dyed Bud Light which reminded me why I enjoy craft
beer so much. I felt sorry for those poor college kids who could only afford to
drink that swill.