The world turns green for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Parades are a big part of the celebration and in the US the earliest parades date back to 1730 in Boston. Read the Colorful History of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for more information.
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Dublin Ireland: Surprisingly there are a number of American bands. The costumes are very different. This clip is from 2014.
New York City: By far the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, The first NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held in 1762, was comprised of a band of homesick, Irish ex-patriots and Irish military members serving with the British Army stationed in the colonies in New York. This was a time when the wearing of green was a sign of Irish pride but was banned in Ireland. In that 1762 parade, participants reveled in the freedom to speak Irish, wear green, sing Irish songs and play the pipes to Irish tunes that were meaningful to the Irish immigrants of that time.
Today, the NYC Parade marches up 5th Avenue and is reviewed from the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. You can watch the parade live tomorrow, March 17, from the NBCaffiliate.
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