"What does St. Patrick's Day mean to you?" Staff writer Carol Krucoff and photographer Michael Ford Parks asked celebrants in Ellen's Irish Pub at 1636 Connecticut Ave. how they viewed St. Paddy's Day.; David Bauer, 19, Wisconsin and Nebraska Avenues NW: "St. Patrick's Day is an excuse to party a lot and socialize. I'm Hungarian, but I like to wear some green and enjoy the day."; Bob Skinner, 30, 33rd and O Streets NW: "I come from an Irish family, and St. Patrick's Day was always important to us. We got together a lot and went to Mass. Celebrating it now is like returning to my roots."; Donald McCullough, 26, 14th and G Streets NE: "I think St. Patrick's Day means togetherness, peace, love and understanding. I enjoy it and I'm glad to be here even though I'm not Irish. I have an Irish name, though, so I feel a part of it."; Carla Carlson, 24, Chevy Chase, Md. "I'm Swedish, but I just like sharing holidays like St. Patrick's Day."; Mark Klein, 24, Arlington, Va.: "St. Patrick's Day is a good excuse to start drinking at noon. And people are really friendly and more willing to be nice."; Brian McGuire, 25, Arlington, Va.: "I've never seen St. Patrick's Day celebrated like it is here, because in Washington it's like Christmas with people starting to celebrate three days ahead of time and wearing green and eating corned beef and cabbage. I like the way it's celebrated here."; Mark Miller, 25, Arlington, Va.: "St. Patrick's Day is as good an excuse as any to start drinking early, like 9 a.m. Secondly, it's a chance to be Irish for a day."