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~~ Anonymous Irish Quote
Slàinte (pronounced: slawncha, like "lawn-chair" but with an "s" in front of it, is how one would say Cheers in Irish Gaelic)
It’s the 278th St. Patricks Day. Happy 278th St. Patricks Day America!
Happy 278th St. Patrick's Day America! Did you know that the first recorded parade anywhere in America was in Boston in 1737. In Ireland, the Irish have been celebrating the feast of St. Patrick since the ninth century.
This year it's Monday, March 17th! With many being bit by the leprechaun earlier in time for the many parades through the country beginning today. The oldest and largest of the St. Paddy’s Day parades in the Western Hemisphere, dating back to 1762 -- New York City's St. Paddy's Day Parade -- steps off Fifth Avenue in New York City Saturday, March 16th fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence (NYC's oldest cultural and religious parade, 252 years ago but 253 St. Patrick's Day PARADE EVENTS AGO).
According to a PinkNews.com article, New York and Boston mayors plan to boycott St Patrick's Day parades in 2014 due to ban on gay marchers by the organizers. St. Patrick's Day is known traditionally as a religious holiday honoring the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick as well as a celebration of the Irish culture.
Interestingly, the original color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. The color green and its association with Saint Patrick's Day began in the early 17th century with the use of green ribbons and shamrocks to celebrate St Patrick's Day. It is known that Saint Patrick used the symbolic shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
Although not a legal holiday in America, Saint Patrick's Day, is celebrated throughout the country. It is observed as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, eating and drinking, religious observances, and numerous parades. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the 1763.
One of the longest-running and largest Saint Patrick's Day parades in North America that occurs each year is in Montreal. The Canadian city flag includes a shamrock in its lower-right quadrant. The annual celebration has been organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal since 1929. The parade has been held annually without interruption since 1824.
However, St. Patrick's Day itself has been celebrated in Montreal as far back as 1759 by Irish soldiers in the Montreal Garrison following the British conquest of New France.
More information including my favorite Irish Soda Bread Recipe and additional resources is at the AllThingsDigitalMarketing “Happy 278th St. Patrick’s Day America” blog post