Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Saint Patrick's Day, 2015

by Jack Le Moine

Time: March 17, 1762
Place: New York City

Fair use image from a Clip Art collection.
With the French and Indian War over, the colonies were at peace. The Irish soldiers of the British garrison staged a parade down Broadway. People were receptive to celebration. A Saint Patrick’s Day Parade would be an annual fixture in New York ever more.

The Catholic Church had made March 17 a feast day to commemorate Saint Patrick a century before. Since Saint Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland, this day became a civic celebration as well as a religious one for the Irish.

Celebrations would grow all around the world.

Further information: Jerry Wilson, Wilstar.com.

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