TACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2055 times:
Important historical figures are frequently shadowed by the myths and legends attributed to them over the course of centuries, and St. Patrick is no exception. He is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, St. Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works, the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish Christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a "most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God."
Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been -- the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. While not the first to bring Christianity to Ireland, it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. The story holds that he converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the "Holy Wells" that still bear this name.
There are several accounts of St. Patrick's death. One says that St. Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the "evil eye." Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York City, USA, Dublin, Ireland, and Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.
Cadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9104 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2047 times:
My town doesnt, we're a bunch of pollocks.... including me! But the next town over does, and it has a hughe parade, usually drawing about 10k people and this year the grand marshall is none other than the (dis)(depending on ur view) honorable tom ridge
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Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4366 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2035 times:
Well quite a few places in Argentina do. In the interior small cities of the Pampas there is a significant Irish-descended population. Since Argentina was the largest non-English colony recipient of Celtic immigrants in the world, quite a few of the small towns have celebrations for 'San Patricio'.
The big cities in Argentina all have events, but not a central location, except for Buenos Aires. There on Saint Patrick's night an entire avenue in the Irish Pub area of town closes down and tens of thousands show up, to drink of course, and wear green.
Makes sense since BA has a suburb called Hurlingham, and yes, they do play the game there in the largest club of it's kind in Latin America.
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Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2027 times:
In San Antonio, and in many other cities in the U.S., some waterways are dyed green and there is usually some kind of parade.
In Austin, they usually have some kind of concert with any bands that sound remotely Irish (think from Irish folk music to Flogging Molly.) There is usually Bass, Guiness and Harp being sold for a ridiculous price.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1999 times:
Atlanta does have a pretty decent parade every year. The thing about it that sucks is they moved it out of Buckhead into Downtown and now have it on the Saturday after St. Patrick's Day (At least it'll happen on the same day next year). The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta has been sponsoring a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Atlanta since 1858. It's among the oldest St. Patrick's Day Parades in America.
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1996 times:
Quoting Srbmod (Reply 7): Atlanta does have a pretty decent parade every year. The thing about it that sucks is they moved it out of Buckhead into Downtown and now have it on the Saturday after St. Patrick's Day (At least it'll happen on the same day next year). The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta has been sponsoring a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Atlanta since 1858. It's among the oldest St. Patrick's Day Parades in America.
Dallas had their parade last Saturday which I thought was kind of odd considering the day itself is on a Friday this year.