Mobile is no stranger to celebrations, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception – especially with our Alabama Leprechaun!
Whether you celebrate at O’Daly’s or Callaghan’s, there is something for everyone.
A signature symbol of St. Patrick’s day is the leprechaun, a part of Irish folklore for centuries.
Mobile St. Patrick’s day celebrations are often full of the phrase, “Who all seen the leprechaun say yeah.”
History of the Alabama Leprechaun
This phrase came from a news story from a little more than 15 years ago, when St. Patrick’s day in Mobile went viral as rumors of a leprechaun made the local news.
On March 14, 2006, only a few days before St. Patrick’s day, the Crichton Leprechaun made its debut on local news.
WPMI of channel 15 arrived in the neighborhood to understand why large crowds were gathering in the area.
The gathering grew so large that the police arrived to control the masses.
Crichton residents told reporters that they had seen a leprechaun in one of the neighborhood trees.
They said the Alabama leprechaun only comes out at night and disappears if a light is shined on it.
There was a Leprechaun Sketch
The original story featured an amateur sketch that gained popularity.
The sketch was later auctioned off and sold for almost $1,100, and the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life (love it).
This leprechaun sketch is still seen on shirts and other merchandise sold for St. Patrick’s day every year.
The original interview went viral on YouTube at the time and now has over 5 million views.
While the original story occurred more than 15 years ago, the legend of the Crichton leprechaun is still a famous story during St. Patrick’s day every year as more and more people see the video for the first time.
Heck, the Alabama Leprechaun has its own Wikipedia page.
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