Saint Patrick's Day: Everything you need to know!

Celebrating 60 years of Red Wing Irish pride

Celebrating 60 years of Red Wing Irish pride

Mark Hamill has tweeted that "today the whole galaxy is Irish" as he appeared as worldwide guest of honor at Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade.

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

In the 17th century St. Patrick's Day began as a religious feast day but has since evolved into a plethora of festivals, parties and parades scattered across the world. Great company is always a guarantee for an epic night.

While green is the color of St. Patrick's Day today, knights in the Order of St. Patrick originally wore a color known as St. Patrick's blue. They identify Patrick's fifth century Christian witness on these shores as a manifestation of the early Apostolic church and are alienated from the overt Hibernian politicisation of a day that should be shared by all creeds and classes. Another, probably the most popular, is that Saint Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to unbelievers. Hamill spent time on Ireland's rocky Skellig Michael island filming the most recent "Star Wars" movie, "The Last Jedi".

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"It's time to wake up", he told Ireland's RTÉ News.

One US city went one step further and turned the Chicago River bright green.

March 17, 2011 - The 250th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade is held. If you manage to keep some and get it to grow, you will see the clover flowers emerge later in the year.

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

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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.

Despite that, Irish people who have moved to Rochester and settled here said they have been met with warm receptions.

Being a snake-loather - to the nth degree - I appreciate there mercifully are no snakes in Ireland.

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Where is St Patrick's Day celebrated? So why do we associate him with the Irish holiday? Now, it has to be said; the historical record is hard to clarify - some scholars argue that, according to The Independent, St. Patrick "driving out the snakes" is a metaphor for slaughtering the Irish-Pagan druids.

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