5 Interesting Facts About St. Patrick's Day

5 Interesting Facts About St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is a celebration in honor of the patron Saint of Ireland. The celebration spread to the United States in the 1800's and has become a widely-celebrated religious holiday around the world. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, feasts, parties, drinking, and wearing green. 

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here are 5 interesting facts about the holiday!

1. The First St. Patrick's Day Parade 

St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in Ireland since the 1600's. However, the tradition of a St. Patrick's Day parade began in America. The first parade was held on March 17, 1601, in a Spanish colony which is now St. Augustine, Florida. 

2. St. Patrick Associated With The Color Blue

Originally, St. Patrick's color was blue, not green. The color green became associated with St. Patrick's Day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century. 

3. St. Patrick Born in Britain 

Historians generally believe that St. Patrick was born in Britain near the end of the 4th century. Although St. Patrick was the patron Saint of Ireland, he was not even born there! At age 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold as a slave to a Celtic priest in Northern Ireland. After toiling for six years as a shepherd, he escaped back to Britain. He eventually returned to Ireland, as a Christian missionary. 

4. The Chicago River

The Chicago River is dyed green each year in honor of the holiday. The dying of the Chicago River is considered to be one of the most iconic St. Patrick's Day traditions. For nearly six decades, thousands of people flock to the banks of the Chicago River to watch it turn green. The event is usually scheduled for the Saturday before March 17.

5. The New York City Parade 

The New York City St. Patrick's Day parade is one of the largest in the world. This parade began in 1762 and is one of New York City's greatest traditions. Approximately 150,000 people march in the parade, and it draws about 2 million spectators. The event is run entirely by volunteers. 

We hope you have a super lucky St. Patrick's Day!

Sources: 
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