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The United States of America in Booze

Yesterday we covered fireworks, one of the staples of a Fourth of July celebration. Today we’re going to discuss another staple for many Americans this weekend, booze. Millions of gallons of alcoholic beverages will be consumed this weekend and in celebration of that, Ben Robinson of Thrillist put together a map of our country showing the most famous beer or liquor company from each state. While today is a celebration of our country’s independence and unity take a moment to have some pride in the creations of your home state as well.

I should also take this opportunity to remind everyone to not to drink and drive this weekend. Fourth of July weekend has consistently been the deadliest weekend of the year when it comes to traffic-related fatalities, many of which are attributed to drunk driving. Also don’t shoot off fireworks if you’ve had too much to drink. Alcohol and explosives mix just about as well as alcohol and driving. Hangovers may not be very fun but they’re far better than funerals.

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Boston International Film Festival

The Boston International Film Festival will take place from April 12-20th with over 100 short and feature films from 30 countries at AMC Theatres on 175 Tremont Street in Boston, MA. This 10 day festival affords a rare opportunity to promote dialogue between filmmakers and the audience in an intimate setting.

There will be opening and closing night Gala Parties following the screenings. There will also be a red carpet affair, additional parties and panel discussions held throughout the event. The winners of this year’s awards are announced at the theatre following the last screening.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off last Wednesday. The festival will run through April 14th and is the Nation’s greatest springtime celebration.

The festival celebrates springtime in DC, the gift of the beautiful cherry blossom tree, and the enduring friendship between people of the United States and Japan. It commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukiki Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC.  Throughout the festival, various daily events will feature diverse and creative programming to promote traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Most of the events are free and open to the public. More than 1.5 million people visit Washington, DC during the festival to admire the trees and participate in the event.

The festival parade will take place on Saturday, April 13th from 10am to noon. The parade runs along Constitution Avenue (from 7th to 17th streets N.W.) and features celebrity performances, giant helium balloons, colorful floats, marching bands from across the nation, and more. Grandstand seating can be purchased for $20, and there is no cost for viewing along the parade route.

For a full list of the events by date, please click here.

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7 Phenomenal Natural World Wonders

Sometimes you have to see it to believe it. Weather.com has compiled an awesome list of some of our Earth’s beautiful natural wonders. Check them out below.

1. Mammatus Clouds: Pouches of clouds that hand under a base of cloud. They are also described as cotton balls or tennis balls. They often appear before a strong storm rolls in.

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2. Ice Boulders: Generally consisting of a combination of slush and frazil ice (the first stage of sea ice that consists of loose, needle-shaped ice crystals in water and resemble slush). They form when ice chunks along the shore get churned back and forth by the waves and grow slowly in water that is just below freezing.

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3. Crepuscular Rays: These beautiful rays are created by an optical illusion. Air molecules, small water drops, dust and other tiny airborne particles scatter a portion of he light rays off their straight path and toward you. You’re most likely to see this awesome view at sunrise or near sunset when the sun is closer to the horizon.

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4. Neon Blue Waves: Late summer algea blooms can turn the ocean’s tide neon blue at night. The flashing blue light is caused by a chemical reaction in cells of the phytoplankton, which creates the algea. The agitation from the waves creates the bioluminescence or glowing quality in the algea. The algae at this time can result in mild toxicity in some sea creatures.

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5. Snow Rollers: Mostly common in hilly or mountainous terrain, snow rollers are formed when strong winds pick up moist snow and blow it along the ground. The eventually leads to a cylinder or snow that is often hollow in the middle. They can grow as large as barrels and stop moving once they become too big.

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6. Blue Holes: Blue holes are caves or underwater sinkholes that are roughly circular, steep depressions. They are named for their dramatic contrast between the dark blue, deep waters of their depths and the light blue of the shallow waters around them. They are typically found in low-lying coastal regions. The deepest is Dean’s Hole, in a bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas. It is 663 feet deep!

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7. Tree-climbing coats: Yup, you read that right. Goats climb the Argan trees of Morocco in search of food. Over time, they have become accomplished tree climbers and can claw their way up the tress twisted branches in search of olive-like berries. Farmers follow the heard from tree to tree to collect the nuts from the fruit that the goats can’t digest. These nuts are what are used in Argan oil; popular oil used in cooking and is cosmetics/hair products.

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South Boston’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 17th

The country’s second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place this weekend in South Boston. Viewed by over 600,000 people and broadcasted on live TV, the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade is sure to be a memorable day!

The parade kicks off at 1pm on Sunday, March 17. It starts on West Broadway heading East and ends on Dorchester Avenue. You can view the parade route on a map located here. A list of participating restaurants and bars can also be found on the event’s official website.

Below is a list of other major St. Patrick’s Day events going on this weekend:

1. NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

2. St. Patrick’s Day Parade of Washington DC

3. Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

4. Newport Rhode Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade

5. California St. Patrick’s Day Events

“May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year-long.” Have a fun, safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Twinkies Have Prevailed!

CNN Money reported good news yesterday for the nostalgic folks whose childhood memories included Twinkies and other Hostess snacks… the infamous golden sponge cake could be back on shelves as early as this summer!

After Hostess Brands announced that they would be closing their doors for good in November, many wondered if they’d ever see some of the brand favorites again. Thanks to a $410 million bid for the business by Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., it looks like they will! Dean Metroloulos, founder of Metropoulos & Co, stated that “Our family is thrilled to have the opportunity to reestablish these iconic brands with new creative marketing ideas and renewed sales efforts and investments.” The bidders also bought five of the closed bakeries as part of the bid. The Twinkie will be back.

Flowers Foods won most of the Hostess bread business on February 28th with a $360 million bid that included Wonder, Nature’s Pride, Merita, Home Bride, and Butternut bread brands. Their bid also included 20 bakeries.

McKee Foods Corp. is currently the highest bidder for Hostess’ Drake’s brand with a $27.5 million bid but it is still pending. Drake’s products include Ring Dings, Yodels, Devil Dogs, Yankee Doodles, and coffee cake and the bid will include some of the company’s equipment.

The childhood favorites have prevailed! All is right in the world.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the city’s greatest traditions, marching for the first time on March 17, 1762 – fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Today it is the largest parade in the world. To this day, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade remains true to its roots as a traditional marchers’ parade by not allowing floats, automobiles and other commercial aspects to participate. Every year, the Parade Committee hosts 150,000- 250,000 marchers in front of approximately two million spectators lining Fifth Avenue. The Parade is also televised for four hours on New York’s WNBC Channel 4 to over half a million households and was web-streamed for the first time in 2008.

The Parade starts at 44th Street at 11 am and marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up past the Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Irish Historical Society at 83rd Street to 86th Street, where the parade finishes around 4:30 – 5:00 pm.

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