Monday, March 17, 2008

Today, You're Irish

"There are only two kinds of people in the world … the Irish and those who wish they were." — Irish saying.

A band of homesick Irish expatriates, soldiers who were serving in the British Army, marked the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City with a procession on March 17, 1762. Today, the parade down Fifth Avenue is the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the world, with about a quarter of a million marchers and several million spectators.

In 1961, city pollution-control workers began using green dye to trace illegal sewage discharges and realized that the dye might offer a unique way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. Each year, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union #110 uses 40 pounds of dye to color the Chicago River a perfect green.

The first St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston is believed to have been held in 1737, organized by the Charitable Irish Society. With a rich heritage of Irish history, this city has a stronger association with Ireland than any in the U.S., even though Chicago and Los Angeles claim larger populations of Irish descent.

Come mid-March, the Iron City, Pittsburg, goes green in a big way. Those of Irish heritage constitute the second-largest population in town, so it’s no wonder that the party for St. Patrick is consistently one of the biggest and most vibrant on the city’s calendar.

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1 comment:

Mel said...

I love St. Patrick's beer tonight!!!:)

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