St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17, the date of St. Patrick’s death. Legend has it that St. Patrick was the one to drive the snakes out of Ireland. This, however, is not true and it is said the snakes actually represent the pagans that he converted to Christianity. Wikipedia gives a great explanation as to why there are no snakes in Ireland, read here.
Fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day:
– The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland- it was in New York City in 1762 when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through the city.
– In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
– Been pinched on St. Patrick’s Day for not wearing green? Ever wonder why? An entirely American tradition that is said to have started in the 1700s, those wearing green were thought to be made invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (not wearing green).
– 34 million people have Irish ancestry, that’s almost 9 times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
– One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular 3 leaf clovers for every one lucky 4 leaf clover.
– It is said that each leaf of the clover means something- the first is for hope, the second is for faith, the third is for love and the fourth is for luck.
– The city with the largest population of Americans of Irish descent is Boston (23%).
– The original Guinness Brewery in Dublin has a 9,000 year lease.
More St. Patrick’s Fun Facts
St. Patrick’s Day fun in Jackson:
Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, which began in 1983, is one of the largest St. Patrick’s parades in the country (drawing over 65,000 each year). The theme this year is “that’s what I like about the South.” To visit parade website, click here.
Parade festivities include:
8AM- Parade Race, 5k run, 5k walk, 1 mile fun run
9AM- Trustmark Children’s Festival
10AM- Pet Parade
11AM- Children’s Parade
1PM- Parade Starts
After Parade- Street Dance, $5, no coolers or pets
For more info on schedule: click here.