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History of the first St.Patrick's Day parade

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He may be the patron saint of Ireland, but the raucous celebrations that have now come to be associated with St. Patrick didn’t get their start in the Emerald Isle.

It's been thought St. Patrick’s Day observance in the US began to spring up in the early 1700s with feasts, religious services, and charitable events in New York and Boston that largely mirrored traditional practices seen in Ireland.

While New York has long been credited as having the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade, when Irish soldiers in the British Army organized in 1762, a recent discovery suggests the first actually occurred more than 150 years earlier, in a city 1,000 miles away.


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