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The History Of Saint Patrick’s Day


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Usually, when you think of St. Patrick’s Day, you think of leprechauns and wearing green. However, if you look deeper into this holiday, you will discover that it is so much more than that.

St. Patrick’s Day originated as Roman Catholic holiday recognizing St. Patrick, a man who is believed to have turned to God after he was kidnapped, subjugated into slavery, and brought to Ireland to be a shepard. The holiday was first brought to America by Irish immigrants and has been celebrated ever since.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in the 1760s. When the Irish Catholic immigrants faced discrimination, they used St. Patrick’s Day to show their strength in numbers. And soon enough, the holiday celebration became widespread.

Back in Ireland, the pubs were closed on St. Patrick’s Day up until the 1970s. The Irish are catching up though. For almost 27 years, the Irish government has sponsored a multi-day St Patrick’s Day festival, filled with parades and performances celebrating Irish culture.

-Ally McMillan

“First St. Patrick’s Day Parade.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2017.

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