March 17, 2013 | 1:16 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day has arrived and brought with it a high-stepping Google Doodle. The Feast of St. Patrick means shamrocks and green T-shirts and parties. St. Patrick’s Day may be a celebration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, but in America by the 1800s it had become more a celebration of Irishness. In 2008, a survey run by the U.S. Census Bureau counted up more than 36 million Americans with Irish roots, as Forbes reported last year. That’s 12% of the populace. This very American holiday should mean more than green beer. With St. Pat’s on a weekend, it’s a good time for all Americans with a trace of Irish to celebrate their love of film. Though St. Pat’s-themed films are few, there’s always “Leprechaun.” This 1993 horror film has the added bonus of featuring a pre-”Friends” Jennifer Aniston. […]