St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
Corned beef and cabbage is a staple at many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in America.
St. Patrick is called a Christian missionary and the Apostle of Ireland.
Patron saints are chosen to protect the interests of a country, place, group, trade or profession, or activity, and to intercede for them in heaven.
385 AD – Born in Britain, but is not Irish.
At 16, he was brought to Ireland as a slave.
He escaped six years later and became a priest.
Following a vision, he returned to Ireland to Christianize the Irish people.
He is credited with having driven the snakes out of Ireland. However, most biologists maintain there never were snakes in Ireland.
March 17, 461 AD – St. Patrick dies.
January 20, 2021 – Parade organizers announce that Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will be canceled a second year in a row due to coronavirus concerns.
In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday with banks, stores and businesses closing for the day.
It has primarily been celebrated as a religious holiday.
1737 – The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States is held in Boston.
In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is primarily a secular holiday.
New York City Celebration
March 17, 1762 – The first official parade in New York City is held.
March 17, 2011 – The 250th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held.
The parade is held on March 17, unless March 17 falls on a Sunday. When this happens, the parade is held on the 16th.
March 12, 1955 – The first St. Patrick’s Day parade is held.
February 2, 2021 – Organizers announce that the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade is canceled for a second year in a row due to coronavirus concerns.
If the 17th falls on a weekday, the parade is held the Saturday before.
Legend has it St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity, by showing an unbeliever the three-leafed plant with one stalk.
Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.