Claddagh jewelry is part of a tradition that started in Ireland just over 300 years ago. The Claddagh ring has three components to it: the hands that circle the ring holding the heart, the heart shape at the center front of the ring, and the crown that sits atop the heart. The hands represent friendship and being together. The heart is the universal symbol of love and hope. The crown in the design represents loyalty. These three things togetther are very powerful. [Read more…]
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah is one of the largest celebrations in the country. All across the U.S., there are parades and festivities in honor of Saint Patrick, but Savannah’s lasts the better part of a week, takes over the whole town, and has been going strong since 1813. There are family friendly events as well as irish beer, so whatever kind of St. Patrick’s Day celebration you are looking for will be out there. Here are just a few things you may want to check out if you’re in the area around March 17: [Read more…]
Boston was the host of the first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in America in 1737. The city continues that tradition with South Boston’s Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which is the second largest in the United States. At the original event in Boston, Irish immigrant workers marched to protest their unhappiness with their low social status and the difficulty of obtaining jobs in America. The march was on St. Patrick’s Day because it was also meant to express the immigrant’s Irish patriotism and celebrate their Irish heritage. The capital city of Massachusetts has an extensive Irish history with many Irish immigrating to Boston during the Potato Famine in the mid-1800s. Currently, about 25% of the population of Massachusetts is of Irish descent, which makes Massachusetts the most Irish state. Boston has more Irish pubs than any other city in the United States. [Read more…]
The New Orleans St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the many festivals held in Louisiana every year. Brightly decorated floats travel the streets of the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana for more than just for the Mardi Gras celebration. The parade has over 1,000 marchers, and 40 floats. Since 1982, residents and tourists alike have gathered along sidewalks around the city as the groups and clubs in the city participate in the festivities, clad in St. Patrick’s Day costumes. [Read more…]
This holiday is all about celebrating and here a few St. Patrick’s Day fun facts you can share with your friends and family.
- Saint Patrick was born in England not Ireland
- St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD.
- The oldest Irish Brewery still in existence is the Guinness Brewery in Dublin from 1759. Some of the oldest breweries have been around for over 1,000 years. Irish beer is popular all year not just on St. Patricks Day, and many towns have popular Irish Pubs, the oldest is McSorley’s Ale House established in 1854.
- The original color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century.
- Green, in Irish legends were worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow. The national color of Ireland is green
- The most famous legend regarding St. Patrick is that he rid Ireland of snakes by ringing his bell from the top of Croagh Patrick, the 2500 feet tall, conical mountain near Westport. Of course this isn’t a true fact, but makes for an amusing anecdote. The mountain however has become a place of annual pilgrimage. There is an ancient church at the top and at the base a natural spring well known as Patrick’s well or Tobair Padraig – St. Patrick supposedly baptized the first Irish converts at this well.
- Saint Patrick did not actually drive the snakes out of Ireland, the snakes represent the pagans that he converted to Christianity.
- Saint Patrick used the shamrock to teach converted Christians about the holy trinity.
- In 1903 James O’Mara, a member of the Irish parliament, had a new law passed that recognized that St. Patrick’s Day was a religious holiday and because of this all pubs were closed for the next 67 years when the law was overturned and the holiday was no longer a religious observance.
- The city with the largest population of Americans of Irish descent is Boston (23%)
- Over 8 million St. Patrick’s Day cards are exchanged in America making today the ninth-largest card selling occasion in the US.
- The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.
- 36 million The number of U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry. This number is almost nine times the population of Ireland itself (slightly more than 4 million). Irish is the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, trailing only German.
- Some American towns have “Irish” names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.
- Today New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is the longest running civilian parade in the world. This year nearly three million spectators are expected to watch the spectacle and some150,000 participants plan to march.
- Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is little more than 75 years old
- More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States; New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations.
- Chicago is famous for a somewhat peculiar annual event: dyeing the Chicago River green. The tradition started in 1962, when city pollution-control workers used dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges and realized that the green dye might provide a unique way to celebrate the holiday. That year, they released 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river— enough to keep it green for a week!
- In 1948, President Truman attended New York City ‘s St. Patrick’s Day parade, a proud moment for the many Irish whose ancestors had to fight stereotypes and racial prejudice to find acceptance in America.
- When General George Washington’s troops seized Boston from the British on March 17, 1776, the word “Boston” was used as the password and “St. Patrick” as the reply.
- Traditional Irish greeting on St. Patrick’s Day: “Beannacht na feile Padrig oraibh,” which means “May the blessings of St. Patrick be with you.”
- An Irish toast: “May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.
- Finding a four-leaf clover. Each leaf on the clover represents something: hope, faith, love and luck. Throughout history four-leaf clovers have been thought to bring luck, mostly because they are so rare, as there are no clover plants that naturally produce four leaves.
- Leprechauns are little old men who make shoes for fairies. They are about two feet tall and very mischievous. Legend has it that you can find a leprechaun by listening for his hammer, as they are always hard at work. If you catch one, you are entitled to his pot of gold. However, they’re very quick, and if you take your eyes off of them for a split second they will disappear with their treasure.
- What do you call the stick leprechauns carry? Shillelagh. The leprechauns use the shillelagh to gain access to their rainbow. The stick is crooked and made of wood.
- What type of tree do leprechauns supposedly live in? Hawthorn. The Irish would dance around hawthorn trees and hope to catch a leprechaun coming out for good luck. Leprechauns are good luck… if you can catch one…
St. Patrick’s Day parades are one of the most popular parades in America, and of the most notable is the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade no longer takes place in the city’s downtown, it takes place in the streets of the midtown area. The whole procession now ends in Westport. Green waves flood Broadway and turn all the people Irish. [Read more…]
What could be more delightful than a festive St. Patrick’s Day cupcake? Cupcakes are fun and easy to make for any holiday, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Even though St. Patrick’s Day was once celebrated by only the Irish, St. Patrick’s Day has now become a holiday for people of all nationalities. Cupcakes are fun to look at and even more fun to eat. So whether it’s for a St. Patrick’s Day Party or a casual family meal, these cupcakes will brighten any affair.
St. Patricks Day Vanilla Cupcake Recipes
St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Cupcake Recipes
- Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcakes
- Beer Cupcakes
- Chocolate-Mint Shamrock Cupcakes
- Chocolate Stout and Irish Cream Liqueur CupcakesChocolate Spice CupcakesChocolate Friands (aka Cupcakes)
- Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
- Junior Mints Cupcakes
- Mouthwatering Guinness and Bailey Irish Cupcakes
St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Recipes
- Best-Ever Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Cappuccino Cupcakes
- Pot-o-Gold Cupcakes
- Rainbow Cupcakes
- Red Bull & Pop Rock Cupcakes
- Red Velvet Revisited (Shamrock-Studded Cupcakes)
- Shamrock Cupcakes
- Shamrock Mint Cupcakes
- St. Patrick’s Day Button Cupcakes
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- St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes 3
- St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Cupcakes
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is celebrated in all the major metropolitan areas of the United States. Below are pictures of the the more celebrated St. Patrick’s Day Parades in America. In smaller cities the parade may be celebrated earlier than the actual holiday due to availability of the groups marching in the parade route. The parade is a chance to celebrate Irish heritage in addition to recognizing the branches of the Armed Forces for their service. Several bands of bagpipe players included in the parade usually represents a emerald society, police, or fire district. The large bass drum seen in the back of the band depicts what group the band is from. Additionally, Irish dancers and local high school bands may also be seen on the parade route.
The holiday itself recognizes St. Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland. The green theme comes from the shamrock leaf which St. Patrick used to illustrate the Holy Trinity to the Irish. Green can be seen on the revelers who come out to enjoy the parade either, on their faces, on their hats or on their clothes. The parade is a great time and often elaborate celebration where you can go out with friends and enjoy the fine music, food, and people that make the holiday great. [Read more…]
St. Patrick’s Day is an excellent holiday to celebrate with a party! There are many parts of the party to plan, whether you are having a casual get together with a few friends or planning an event for several people. Important areas to consider when planning your St. Patrick’s Day party are: costumes, food, beverages, gifts, whether to attend any outside festivities, and incorporating the history of St Patrick’s Day. [Read more…]