St. Patrick’s Day parades are a global spectacle

Parades Across the Pond started a trend but did you know their origins trace back to America? Our fifth fun fact explores the fascinating history of the first St. Patrick’s Day parade. It took place not in Ireland but in a Spanish colony in St. Augustine, Florida.

Beginning in 1601

In 1601, the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade happened. It was organized by the Irish vicar Ricardo Artur in a Spanish colony. Centuries later, homesick Irish soldiers in the English military marched in Boston. In 1737 and in New York City on March 17, creating a tradition that would thrive across the United States. Even during challenging times, such as the recent pandemic, the spirit of these parades endures.

As you enjoy the lively St. Patrick’s Day parades. Remember that their roots lie in the multicultural tapestry of America. This makes them them a cherished tradition that continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

By Editor