March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

Read all about this fun Irish day on last year's post

Did you know?

The first recorded St. Patrick's Day parade in the world was held in what is now the United States of America—but, when it was held, it was just the British colonies. It was on March 17, 1762, in New York City, and Irish soldiers serving in the British army organized it. I guess a lot of the early Irish settlers were indentured servants, and they eagerly participated in the parade.

Notice that the first St. Patty's parade was not in Ireland!

Today the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade counts as the world's oldest civilian (non-military) parade—and, with 150,000 participants, it's the largest parade in the U.S.!


Enjoy some Leprechaun Fizz, Irish Soda Bread, and Tillie O'Toole's Meringues—or any of the other recipes on the DLTK site

Read an e-book created by a sixth-grade class. 

Check out the photos of Ireland at the government's website, or these bright, artistic snapshots at Traveller's Point. 

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