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St. Patrick’s Day Myths and Legends

The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in the United States!It occurred in Boston in 1762. As the years went by, it has be-come a way for Irish immigrants to remember their roots. Today New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the longest running civilian parade in the world. St. Patrick’s Day is not a National Holiday in the United States, but many celebrate by wearing green and having festivals. The Irish culture has a tradition of myths and legends! Many of these were passed down from generation to generation with stories. Let’s read about a few of them.

Who was St. Patrick? Much of his life is surrounded by legend. There are some agreed on facts.

Historians agree that he was born in Scotland or Wales around 370 A.D. and his birth name was Maewyn Succat. His parents were Romans living in Britain. He was kid-napped and sold into slavery in Ireland. There he worked as a shepherd. He began to have religious visions and dreams. One told him to get on a ship and escape from Ireland. He did just that. He went to France and joined a monastery and studied for the priesthood. At this time, he changed his name to Patrick. He returned as a bishop to Ireland in 432 A.D. He traveled throughout Ireland, built churches and schools..

Read more about St. Patrick’s Day Myths and Legends in today's Back In Time.

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