What St. Patrick's Day is really all about

Poland going green for St. Patrick's Day

Poland going green for St. Patrick's Day

It's been said almost every American claims to be part-Irish - especially each year when St. Patrick's Day comes around.

Patrick's Day, a time to celebrate Ireland, shamrocks, green and, of course, St. Patrick. After all, you can't properly celebrate a holiday without actually knowing the meaning behind it.

It was on that 1762 day that Irish soldiers serving in the British Army made a decision to parade in New York City to celebrate their singular heritage.

To truly celebrate St. Patrick's Day here are 3 things you should know. Do not spend too much on expensive drinks, do not overcomplicate the music selection, and always remember it is a party where-ever you are.

According to the confession of Patrick, when he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home on mainland Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland, looking after animals.

Writing about shamrock in the 1980s, the Irish botanist Charles Nelson said that shamrock was nothing more and nothing less than young clover.

Between 1820 and 1920, some 4.5 million Irish sailed to these shores to live.

In the United States city of Chicago, the Chicago River was dyed a bright shade of green, kicking off the city's St. Patrick's Day festivities.

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"Obviously, we don't condone it and as you can see today, Irish people are just fun-loving - they (scammers) were just a few bad apples".

Mr Roche said the celebrations showed the true spirit of the Irish community in Queensland, which he believed was important following the police investigation into groups of Irish scammers during the past week.

Outfits on the day ranged from green tutus and gold shamrock hot trousers to fake coloured moustaches and trilby hats.

The family-friendly event is on until 6pm and features performances from Sean Kelly and the Celtic Flyer, the Connolly School of Irish Dance and the Doyle Academy of Irish Dance, as well as face painting, crafts and a bouncy castle.

In Ireland, a type of bacon similar to ham actually is served on the holiday table.

Pork, it seems, is far more of a traditional Irish meat than is beef.

The story about St Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland might not be true. But, since the last glacial epoch, and Ireland is an island surrounded by the bitterly cold Atlantic Ocean, cold-blooded snakes had no way of slithering onto Irish shores.

Chicago Celebration: March 12, 1955 - The first St. Patrick's Day parade is held. A previous missionary, Palladius, had not been successful in his mission to convert the Irish, and Patrick replaced him.

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