St. Patrick's Day is usually the day we Irish-Americans go to a parade or to a pub (or both). This family celebrates the day with an annual family get-together. Irish music, dancing and their obligatory limerick contest are interspersed with feasting around the enormous dining table. When the matriarch decrees that this year there will be no alcohol at the party, panic ensues. The family announcements of new loves and new members on the way must proceed without lubrication. Each member of this large, multigenerational family has something to contribute or to hide. And, once a source of libation is discovered, the pent-up stories spill forth. In large families one wonders how such wide differences can exist. Still, they do seem to hold together somehow.