St. Patrick’s Day
To be sure, to be sure, it’s the day everyone wants to be Irish, St Patrick’s Day! All over the world from Japan to Russia to Argentina and back again, people go green for Ireland’s patron Saint Paddy on March 17.
You might think it’s strange that an Irish national holiday is such a big deal in so many countries but the Irish are prolific travellers and tend to take the love of their culture with them wherever they go. St Patrick’s Day celebrations as we now know them were actually born in 19th century America when a group of homesick soldiers stationed in New York decided to stage a parade in honour of all things Irish. The New York St Patrick’s Day Parade still continues to this day and is the largest parade in the world, with 150,000 participants and 3 million spectators every year!
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