Fact of the Week: March 17, 2014

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, died. For thousands of years, the Irish have observed the day of Saint Patrick's death as a religious holiday, attending church in the morning and celebrating with food and drink in the afternoon. The first St. Patrick's Day parade, though, took place not in Ireland, but the United States, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City in 1762.


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