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Break-Neck History Of St. Patty's Day

March 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

St. Patty's Day Toronto 2017St. Patrick's Day Parade Toronto, March 19th 2017St. Patrick's Day Parade Toronto 2017, by (c) 2017 Daniel A Betts

 

The first color associated with Saint Patrick was blue - not green - so just how did green come to represent the holiday? The colour of Ireland's lovely Isles, and the green of the shamrock. During the United Irish uprising in 1978, Irish countrymen would wear green garments as a political message representative of the country's national saint (St. Patrick) with his green shamrock, as well as Ireland's green Isles and rolling green lands. In America and Canada, the colour has become ubiquitous with anyone or anything possessing notable elements of Irish heritage.

 

Since the 17th century, St. Patrick’s Day has occurred each year on March 17th in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It has evolved into a slew of festivities across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades (as-pictured; Toronto, Canada 2017), special foods like Irish Stew, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Corned Beef & Cabbage, as well as music, dancing, and lots of green drinks. Mmmmm....beer.........

 

 

All Photos and article by Daniel A Betts

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