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We’re committed to changing the game and your trek across campus will never be the same. TOP 8 ST. PATTY’S DAY FUN FACTS More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States. But New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations. Though wearing green has become a staple of St. Patrick’s Day, the original color of St. Patrick’s Day was blue. Each leaf of the clover has a specific meaning: hope, faith, love and luck — which is why the four-leaf clover is believed to be Lucky. Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover is 1 in 10,000. Chicago dyed their river green for St. Patrick’s Day for the first time in 1962. The real St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family. Usually occurring in the middle of Lent, St. Patrick’s Day is the one day during Lent that dietary and alcohol restrictions are lifted. The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston, MA., 1737; but the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade wasn’t until 1762, in New York City. THE STORY OF SAINT PATRICK He drove the snakes out of Ireland. He defeated fierce Druids in contests of magic. He used the shamrock to explain the Christian Trinity to the Irish pagans. It’s a fascinating history — emphasis on story. Most of the legend of the patron saint of Ireland came about centuries after Saint Patrick’s death. There were no feats of magic (that we know of). No snakes (snakes weren’t native to Ireland). No shamrocks. Heck, Patrick wasn’t even Irish! Disappointed? Don’t be. Because Saint Patrick’s actual life is just as eventful and, in many ways, interesting as his myth. It’s a proverbial riches-to-rags-to-spiritual-riches story that involves kidnapping, slavery and . . . pirates. (Yes, pirates.) Born in Roman-controlled Britain around the fifth century, Patrick was basically a spoiled rich kid, living a life of luxury. Kidnapped at the age of sixteen and brought to Ireland as a slave, he then heard the voice of God, leading him to become a Christian. Eventually, he escaped his slaveholders and took a perilous journey across Ireland to freedom. To get back home to Britain, he found passage on a pirate ship. Patrick’s family welcomed him back with open arms, but he wasn’t content to return to his old life. Instead, he returned to Ireland to bring Christianity to the Irish people, becoming the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. Sometimes truth is far more exciting than fiction! HISTORY OF THE HOLIDAY & PARADE People in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic “feast day” of St. Patrick on March 17, since around the ninth or tenth century. But it wasn’t made an official Christian “feast day” until the early 17th century. And while the holiday was always a cause for celebration, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Ireland but in the United States. On March 17, 1737, more than two dozen Presbyterians immigrants from Northern Ireland gathered to honor St. Patrick. They formed the Charitable Irish Society, the oldest Irish organization in North America. And they still hold an annual dinner every St. Patrick’s Day. It wasn’t until March 17, 1762, when the celebrations really popped off! Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. The parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army. As the Irish population grew, more societies cropped up, holding annual parties that celebrated the Irish way of life. Then in 1848, several New York Irish societies and groups decided to unite their parades to form one official New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Today, that parade is the world ‘s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants. Even today, nearly 3 million people line the 1.5-mile route to watch the five-hour parade.