But few St. Patrick’s Day revelers have a clue about St. Patrick.
Who Was the Man Behind St. Patrick’s Day?
For starters, the real St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family with a townhouse, a country villa, and plenty of slaves.
What’s more, Patrick professed no interest in Christianity as a young boy.
At 16, Patrick’s world turned: He was kidnapped and sent overseas to tend sheep as a slave in the chilly, mountainous countryside of Ireland for seven years.
According to folklore, a voice came to Patrick in his dreams, telling him to escape. He found passage on a pirate ship back to Britain, where he was reunited with his family.
The voice then told him to go back to Ireland.
He then gets ordained as a priest from a bishop, and goes back and spends the rest of his life trying to convert the Irish to Christianity.
Patrick’s work in Ireland was tough—he was constantly beaten by thugs, harassed by the Irish royalty, and admonished by his British superiors. After he died on March 17, 461, Patrick was largely forgotten.
But slowly, mythology grew around Patrick, and centuries later he was honored as the patron saint of Ireland.
Join in the celebration of all things Irish at the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the world’s largest. The parade, which marches up Fifth Avenue, starting at 44th Street at 11am, draws more than 200,000 participants (and two million onlookers). This year the parade will take place on Saturday March 17th.
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