St. Patrick's Day: Where it all began

A look back at the Irish tradition

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Today is St. Patrick's Day, which is marked by famous parades like the one held in New York City. But how did the holiday get started?
In 460 A.D., according to tradition, St. Patrick died in Saul. He spent most of his adult life on a mission to Christianize Ireland. Early Irish settlers to the United States brought with them the tradition of celebrating St. Patrick's feast day to America.
The first recorded St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland, but in New York City in 1762. With the dramatic increase of Irish immigrants in the mid-19th century, the March 17 celebration became widespread. The story of St. Patrick's Day has a significant chapter on this date in history, March 17, 460 A.D.
Born on this date were actor Kurt Russell (1951), actor Rob Lowe (1964), and soccer star Mia Hamm (1972).

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