Green, greener, St. Patrick's Day! Decorations, clothing, food and even entire rivers – on March 17th, all of America radiates the color of luck! Every year, the whole country celebrates the contribution of the Irish to the history and culture of the United States with parades, Irish motto parties and a large dose of cheerfulness.
St. Patrick's Day was originally a religious celebration in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. In Ireland, the holiday named after him was traditionally celebrated rather quietly and in the circle of the family.
Irish immigrants brought St. Patrick's Day to the USA. And true to the American motto "bigger is better," the holiday of St. Patrick greatly changed over the course of time. Today, it is a festive and popular event with many highlights that Americans and travelers alike love to gather for.
Everyone in the US is dressed in green from head to toe for the Irish national holiday, or at least wears a green garment. And even the decorations, food and drinks feature the color of luck. What many don't know, however: the actual color of St. Patrick was not green, but blue!
Yet the three-leafed green clover is not only the national symbol of Ireland, but also reminds us of St. Patrick. And, since Ireland is also known as the "green island" and the color green is also part of the Irish flag, it has become accepted over time.
In the United States, St. Patrick's Day is not only celebrated behind the closed doors of bars and Irish pubs. Americans prefer to go out on the streets to take part in the celebrations. There are numerous parades, events and Irish motto parties in various cities.
Which American cities are the best places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? We take you on a tour of the "Irish strongholds" in the USA:
Before Corona, there were about 100 parades in the USA. Due to the pandemic, the usual events for St. Patrick's Day 2021 are not yet possible again. Events with densely packed crowds are out of the question for the time being.
However, the mayor of Chicago decided to surprise the residents of her city with some normalcy and had the Chicago River dyed green already in the early morning hours of March 14th.
This 50-minute video shows the dyeing of the floodwaters in full and brings a touch of American St. Patrick's Day home to your living room. Sit back and look forward to next year!
Your thirst for knowledge about St. Patrick's Day is not yet satisfied? Here are a few more exciting facts about March 17th: