Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated every year on 17th March.
The day is named after Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church.
For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. However today St. Patrick’s Day has also become a celebration of Irishness and Irish culture in general.
It is primarily celebrated as a recognition of Irish and Irish American culture; celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, feasting, copious consumption of alcohol, religious observances, and numerous parades.
Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day.
On ocassion of St. Patrick’s Day a large number of parades are held in different parts of United States and many other countries around the world.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parades in United States :
Some of the longest-running public parades are :
- New York City, since 1762
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1771
- Morristown, New Jersey, since 1780
- Boston, Massachusetts, since 1804
- New Orleans, since 1809
- Buffalo, New York, since 1811
- Savannah, Georgia, since 1824
- Carbondale, Pennsylvania, since 1833
- New Haven, Connecticut, since 1842
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since 1843
- Chicago, Illinois, since 1843
- Saint Paul, Minnesota, since 1851
- San Francisco, since 1852
- Scranton, Pennsylvania, since 1862
- Cleveland, Ohio, since 1867
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since 1869
- Kansas City, Missouri, since 1873
- Butte, Montana, since 1882
- Rolla, Missouri, since 1909
- Denver, Colorado, since 1963
- Pearl River, New York, since 1963
- Cincinnati, Ohio, since 1967
- St. Louis, Missouri, since 1968
- Norfolk, Virginia, since 1968
- New London, Wisconsin since 1984
Live telecast of these St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016 will be available on local television channels and live streaming of the event will be available on Ustream.TV.
Some Parades even have their official websites where you can also find photos and videos of these parades.