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The St. Patrick's Day Parade is starting its slushy journey up Fifth Avenue (without gays), but most people are thinking about how the day is a free ticket to drink at 10AM. Gawker has suggestions on what to do this drinky holiday ("Most important: don't even go near McSorley's on 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd. Definitely avoid the lecherous leprechauns on parade up Fifth Avenue."). Gothamist might be sticking with the boring yet shoe-grateful (the shoes, they don't like stepping in pools of vomit) option of staying at home. If you're the same, director Jim Sheridan has some Irish movie suggestions: The Crying Game, Man of Aran, The Quiet Man, and The Commitments. A few Irish-themed movies we like: The Secret of Roan Inish (yes, it might put you to sleep, but it's so sweet) and Blood Sunday.

Related: Listen to a .wav (scrolle to Ralph) of Ralph Wiggum saying, "The leprachaun told me to burn things!" and check out other Irish references on The Simpsons.

The Post's special St. Patrick's Day section.Gothamist on Irish food and music.