Published on March 11th, 2015 | by Samantha Levine0
The Most Glorious Green Holiday of Them All!
Have you got your green on yet?! With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I know I’ll be celebrating… will you?
While we associate St. Patrick’s Day with all things about being Irish and being green, St. Patrick himself was actually British, whose color was a light shade of blue. St. Patrick is famously recognized for introducing Christianity to Ireland in 432 AD, and the color green became associated with the famous day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century. Now it’s become a worldwide celebrated holiday.
It’s become so much of a celebrated holiday that in fact, nowadays it has adapted to many traditions started by Americans, such as celebrating with green beer. It wasn’t until the 1970s that Ireland started allowing pubs to be open on their religious holiday. Not long after in 1995 the Irish government saw that they could use the global interest of the holiday to start generating tourism. The concept of a St. Patrick’s Day parade, was actually initiated in the United States. The largest St. Patrick’s Day parades are held in Boston or New York, and who could pass up the very spirited town of Chicago!
If you’re in the area make sure you check out these awesome parades:
New York City, NY – Known to all, and famous for pretty much everything, this city also can add to list of reasons why it’s so great, that it hosts the world’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade, with an average number of 2 million people in attendance every year. Organized by the Irish soldiers in the British army in 1762, this parade is also the longest running parade in the world!
Chicago, IL – Because if you’re going to celebrate, why not party next to a green river! Yes, I said green river. Every year, the city of Chicago dyes the Chicago River bright green, a tradition since the 1960s. The river is dyed with 45 pounds of vegetable dye, this tradition has been going on for the past 50 years, and drawing nearly 400,000 people to check out the emerald waters.
Boston, MA – Known to be located in the most Irish state in the nation, Boston is a great place to be for St. Patrick’s Day! (A quarter of Massachusetts residents have claimed Irish ancestry.) Well known for the infamous “Southie” Boston is certainly no stranger to a parade, complete with bagpipes, step dancers, and also listed as the second largest parade in the country. And really, who doesn’t love a good parade?
One last thing, if you’re out celebrating the holiday this weekend, take consideration to a memo written from the Dublin Airport about properly addressing the day:
“Don’t call it St. Patty’s Day. Also, March 17 should never be referred to as Patty’s Day either. You may, however, call it St. Paddy’s Day, or Paddy’s Day. Also acceptable are the traditional St. Patrick’s Day and Patrick’s Day. Please share this simple message with your friends and relations in the United States and Canada. Using the power of your network, hopefully we can banish the scourge of St Patty once and for all.”
So whether you’re marching down a parade of green water, at your local pub, or just staying in, have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and stay safe!