LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's the one day we're all allowed to flash a little green.
"It's tradition," said Richard Ramsey.
A century's long one at that, dating back to the mid 1700s.
Each year, the Irish and the Irish at heart dress in their best green garb and dance the day away with drink and shamrocks in hand.
Here in Lufkin though, a slightly different scene.
"Uh, we forgot, I forgot. Mine's at home," said Creed and Gelisa.
"I don't have green on. 'Do you feel left out?' I do now that I know it's St. Patrick's Day and seeing everybody," said Shelby Brown.
Unsatisfied, I hit the streets further, looking, searching, hoping for someone sporting the luck of the Irish.
It didn't take long before I ran into Cherri, sporting an authentic Irish shirt all the way from Ireland. Her reason for joining in though, quite simple.
"Uh, I just didn't want to get pinched," Cherri said.
It was a common fear among those I talked to.
"I threw on green shorts and said that's good enough. It's the whole pinching thing, I didn't want to get pinched," said Heather Claassen and James Hambrick.
"Oh, just celebrate St. Patrick's Day that's all," said Doug Croom.
And the best response to my "Where's your green?" question ...
"It's actually my underwear. 'Really? So you have it on, people just can't see it." Exactly, because if I get pinched, I get to punch them," said Sefra.