Desert Schools Federal Credit Union loves all holidays.
And in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, which is coming up on Thursday, March 17th, we thought we would share a few interesting and fun facts about this Irish holiday.
Much Irish folklore surrounds it. Some of this lore includes the belief that Patrick raised people from the dead. He also is said to have given a sermon from a hilltop that drove all the snakes from Ireland. No snakes were ever native to Ireland. Traditionally a Catholic holiday, today it is celebrated by people from all heritages by wearing green and eating Irish food such as corn beef, cabbage and delicious Irish soda bread.
- The custom of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day came to America in 1737.
- The first American city to have festivities surrounding the holiday was Boston.
- Saint Patrick was not Irish but thought to be from Roman Britain.
- Hallmark sells 8-15 million St. Patrick’s Day cards each year.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was in New York City.
Today, the New York City parade remains the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the United States.
This weekend Phoenix is having its 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Saturday, March 12th you can see the parade starting at 10 a.m. To see the parade route and get more details, please visit www.phxirish.org. Don’t forget to wear your green!