St. Patty’s Day is upon once again. Here is a brief history of the Irish Holiday.
St. Patrick and the First St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.
Since around the 9th or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast of St. Patrick on March 17. Interestingly, however, the first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place not in Ireland but in the US. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City . Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.
Here are some photos of our crew celebrating the holiday with their St. Patty’s Day shirts.
Crazy how much they change in a year!
Happy St. Patty’s Day!!!!