History Of St. Patrick’s Day


Saint Patrick’s Day – We know it as a day of food, parades and celebrations for the Irish and the “Irish-at-Heart,” but what is the true history behind this famous GREEN day?

Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland known for bringing Christianity to the land, has been celebrated each March 17th since around the 9th or 10th century.  This Irish “Feast Day” falls within the Christian Lent season, freeing ravenous carnivores from the traditional Lent meat ban. The early Irish observers would spend the morning at Church followed by an evening of dance, drink and feasting on traditional Irish bacon and cabbage.

Interestingly enough, the fun celebratory parades which we have come to associate with the GREEN holiday began their history in New York City in 1762. Although NYC remains home to the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country, there are a handful of other cities that can claim stake in the title for Largest in the Land! Among these cities are Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and, our northern neighbors, Savannah.

Savannah, Georgia is just a short day-trip from Palm Coast. If you have never experienced a famous Savannah St. Patrick’s Day celebration, I encourage you to head north for a true Irish celebration. Their celebrations run from March 13th-17th. If you’d prefer to stay local, don’t count out our own County’s jovial GREEN celebrations.

Raring to try some mouthwatering Irish grub for yourself this month? Head on over to Farley’s Irish Pub at our very own European Village. There you can sink your teeth into a “Chike’s Corned Beef Reuben” and wet your whistle with a selection from their extensive beer menu. Don’t forget to bring this flyer for a special deal. See below for details.

However you choose to spend your GREEN holiday this year, your local GREEN Realtor wishes you and your family a safe and happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


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