Interesting Facts About St Patrick’s Day
So, we all know that St Patrick’s Day is March 17th, right? But did you know that Saint Patrick wasn’t even Irish? Or did you know that blue is the original color of St. Patrick’s Day? Here are some more interesting facts you may not know about St. Patrick’s Day.
Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish at all
Saint Patrick was born in 385 A.D. in Wales, to Roman parents. At the age of 16, he was taken by Irish radiers, who sold him into slavery. He escaped at the age of 22, where he went to an England monastery. He died on March 17, 461 A.D.
Blue was St. Patrick’s Day original color
Blue is actually the original color of St. Patrick’s Day and not green, as most people think. The color stayed blue for hundreds of years until it was changed to green, presumably after Saint Patrick began talking about the Irish people and the shamrock.
Boston hosted the 1st St. Patrick’s Day parade
Did you know that the first St. Patrick’s Day parade wasn’t celebrated in Ireland? It was held in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737. Ireland did not have it’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade until 1931, held in Dublin.
St. Patrick’s Day was formerly a dry holiday in Ireland
Up until 1970, in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day was considered to be a religious holiday and law stated that pubs were to be closed that day. However, in 1970, St. Patrick’s Day was changed to a national holiday, allowing pubs to be opened once again.
There are numerous parades in the U.S
There is said to be more than 100 parades in the United States each year that feature unique themes, colorful floats and Irish music. Fun fact: the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in Hot Springs, Arkansas, being only 98 feet for the parade route.