By: Jill Clapp

Every year on March 17, you, along with all of your friends, wear green to school so that you don’t get pinched on St. Patrick’s Day. Some traditions that take place on this day each year are eating corned beef and cabbage, eating Irish soda bread, and adults drinking green beverages. Many celebrate this holiday by attending an annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The larger parades are held in New York City and Boston. While the celebrations are fun, the holiday has more meaning behind its name. Saint Patrick is known for converting the Irish to Christianity and for all the made up stories that are told about the historic figure. From all the stories that have been made up about St. Patrick, includes the telling of him removing all of the snakes from Ireland. In America today, 11 percent of Americans claim to have Irish heritage with many of this group coming from Massachusetts. The number of people in the United States with Irish history is more than seven times the population of Ireland. Now that you know more about St. Patrick’s Day, get out and celebrate the great day of green. Be careful on the roads, look out for reckless drivers, and just be safe.


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