March 12, 2013 In Blog
St. Patty’s Day is Upon Us!
St. Patrick’s Day! By far one of the greatest beer lovers’ holidays! But here are some fun history facts for you that you may not know:
- Celebrated on March 17th: Saint Patrick’s religious feast day celebrated on the anniversary of his death.
- The Irish have celebrated this as a religious holiday for well over 1,000 years and Irish Americans began using it as a day to show Irish pride and strength in numbers, while the rest of us non-Irish Americans are happy to now have a fun holiday to drink with friends and family- am I right?
- Since St. Patrick’s Day was always a religious holiday in Ireland, pubs were actually closed by law until the 1970s. Imagine St. Patty’s Day with no green beer?!
- Some legends say Saint Patrick explained the holy trinity with the three leaves of the Irish clover- the well-known St. Patty’s Day shamrock!
- It’s no surprise with our love of the holiday, that the very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in United States, not Ireland.
- In 1962, Chicago started dying the Chicago River green as part of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities and the tradition continues today using as much as 40 pounds of green vegetable dye (Seen in photo above!)
- Speaking of green and beer and shamrocks! We’ll be riding in the Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Fort Collins- Saturday March 16, 2013- 10:00 a.m.. Hope to see you there!