The very first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.
In Chicago, on St. Patrick's Day, the rivers are dyed green.
Nine of the people who signed our Declaration Of Independence were of Irish origin, and nineteen Presidents of the United States proudly claim Irish heritage -- including our first President, George Washington.
In Seattle, there is a ceremony where a green stripe is painted down the roads.
Most people attend mass in the morning and then attend the St. Patrick's Day parade.
Shamrocks are worn on the lapel.
Young boys and girls wear shamrocks and harp badges.
The phrase, "Drowning The Shamrock" is from the custom of floating the shamrock on the top of whiskey before drinking it. The Irish believe that if you keep the custom, then you will have a prosperous year.
Many young people dye their hair green for the special day.