A Little History of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated internationally every March 17th, is a religious

Irish holiday

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

Irish holiday

.  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

Irish music

to help them reconnect with their

Irish ancestry

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

travel in Ireland

in mid-March.

 


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