St Patrick’s Day & the Irish Festival are coming!

The green in Seattle this month is not just the trees, lawns, and flora doing their thing. It’s countdown to Wednesday, March 17th! There’s no formal connection to green and St. Patrick’s Day. According to some Internet sites, the link is that green is the color of spring, Ireland, and the shamrock. This is an Irish holiday celebrated all around the globe to honor the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Festivities were first celebrated in America  in 1737 in Boston, Massachusetts. The first official St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in New York City in 1766. Over 100 U.S. cities now hold St. Patrick’s Day parades. Seattle’s is this Saturday!

The Irish Festival takes place this weekend – Saturday-Sunday, March 13-14th – at the Center House at the Seattle Center. It’s a free event and includes stage performances, workshops, films, children’s activities, and more. The Irish Heritage Club of Seattle, Washington is responsible for this event and many more activities and resources.

Want to know more about this upcoming holiday? The Wearing of the Green: a History of St. Patrick’s Day by Mike Cronin is full of facts about why this 1,500 year old saint has people around the world wearing green, as well looking for shamrocks and leprechauns every mid-March.

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