Happy Saint Patricks Day

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Danny Boy
Happy Saint Patricks Day
March 17, 2005 09:02AM
St. Patrick's Day

St.Patrick's Day 2004 in Cork CitySt. Patrick's Day (March 17) is the Roman Catholic Feast day which honors St. Patrick (A.D. 387-461), the patron Saint of Ireland. Because of St. Patrick's patronage, the celebrations in Dublin have been extended to a week-long event called St Patrick's Festival, encompassing a spectacular fireworks display (Skyfest), open-air music, street theater and the traditional parade. The topic of this year's (2004) St Patrick's Symposium is "Talking Irish" during which the nature of Irish identity, economic success and the future will be discussed. Many Irish people wear a bunch of shamrock on their lapels or caps on this day, while children wear tricoloured (green, white and orange) badges. Girls traditionally wore green ribbons in their hair (many still do).

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide by the Irish and those of Irish descent. A major parade takes place in Dublin and in most other Irish towns and villages. The three largest parades of recent years have been held in Dublin, New York and Birmingham England. Parades also take place in other centres, London, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout the Americas. The first civic and public celebrations of St. Patrick's Day in the American Colonies took place in Boston in 1737. The first St. Patrick's Day celebrated in New York City was held at the Crown and Thistle Tavern on March 17, 1756. Since then the New York celebration has become the largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world (see external link). The parade dates back to 1762, and in 2003 more than 150,000 marchers (bands, military and police groups, county associations, emigrant societies, social and cultural clubs etc.) participated. It has however been dogged with controversy in recent years; its organisers banned Irish gays and lesbians from marching as a group - an act which has led to calls in Ireland (which, since 1992 has some of the most liberal gay laws in the world) for its boycotting. On occasion the Ancient Order of Hibernians (http://mill-valley.freemasonry.biz/marin_hibernians_orangemen_royal_black_knights.htm) has appointed controversial Irish Republican figures (some of whom were barred from the US) to be its Grand Marshal. The longest running St. Patrick's Day parade in Canada takes place in Montreal. The 2003 parade was the 179th - the first Montreal parade taking place in 1824. Paradoxically, St. Patrick's Day parades in Ireland date from the late 19th century, originating in the growing sense of nationalism of the period. Some US cities also paint the traffic stripe of their parade routes green; other US cities, including Chicago, also dye their main rivers 'green', an act that most native Irish people find bizarre.

Kelly M
Re: Happy Saint Patricks Day
March 17, 2005 02:44PM
I have had enough of the st patricks day parade today. It's been going on since 11:00. I work right on fifth ave where the parade goes. I have an excellent view, but am entirely sick of the bagpipes.
Re: Happy Saint Patricks Day
March 16, 2011 04:44PM
St. patrick's day
Posted by: Amanda (ool-44c15245.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: March 15, 2005 07:13PM

Hello there, can somebody tell me about the st.patrick's day parade? I'm new here and would like to go. So where ist it going and where are cool partys? Thx for your answeres!


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Re: Happy Saint Patricks Day
March 17, 2011 08:08AM
Everybody is Irish on Saint Patrick's Day. So it's no surprise that just about everyone (and their Irish uncle) is looking up the history of the patron saint of the Emerald Isle.

Over the past 24 hours, Web searches for "st. patrick" and "who was st. patrick" have both tripled. Add to that the related searches on "was st. patrick really irish" and "did st. patrick get rid of all the snakes in ireland." Here now are some quick answers to those questions and more.

Was St. Patrick Irish?


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