St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated internationally every March 17th, is a religious
created to commemorate
Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland
. Though the Irish and other European countries have been celebrating
St. Patrick’s Day
in different forms since the ninth century, it didn’t become an officially recognized
holiday in Ireland
until 1903. When is the
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Whether you’re in Dublin, Galway, New York, Boston, Chicago or any town in between we’ve all come to recognize the St. Patrick’s day parade as one of the most enjoyable parts of the
. You may have even considered
travel to Ireland
during March specifically for the parade. Surprisingly, the first recorded
St. Patrick’s day parade
in history actually took place in New York City on March 17th, 1762. It was held by Irish soldiers who were serving in the British army. They marched to
to help them reconnect with their
and fellow servicemen. Since then, the St. Patrick’s day parade has become an annual tradition in many parts of the United States.
The St. Patrick’s day parade didn’t make it’s way to Ireland until 1931, when the first parade was held in Dublin. Since then, it has turned into a five-day, activity-filled
St. Patrick’s festival
, consisting of food, music, theater, and even fireworks. Ireland may have gotten to the party a bit late, but they’ve made up for it by creating the biggest St. Patrick’s day parade, er, celebration, in the world. If you’re planning a
trip to Ireland
in mid-March, the
St. Patrick’s festival
is a once in a lifetime experience that you certainly won’t want to pass up.
St. Patrick’s day may not be quite as popular as Christmas or Thanksgiving, but it certainly isn’t lacking a rich history. It has been celebrated all over the world for hundreds of years, and brings with it many fun traditions, such as wearing green, and, of course, drinking. It might not be the holiday you look forward to for half the year, but the month of March certainly wouldn’t be the same without St. Patrick’s day.
Did you attend the St. Patrick’s day parade in Ireland? What was the festival like for you? We’d love to hear about your
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