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Celebrate the green: Happy St. Patrick's Day

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What started out as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, has blossomed into so much more.

St. Patrick’s Day was originally a Roman Catholic feast day and celebrated only in Ireland in the 1600s to honor the patron saint of Ireland. In the 1700s, it evolved into a more secular holiday when it made its way to America and other countries, making it transcontinental.

The first St. Patrick's Day in America was celebrated in 1737 to honor Irish culture with parades and food. Today, the celebration continues this tradition.

At 10 a.m., Cooper Street will close down for a Memphis parade. On March 13, Silky O'Sullivan's sponsored a parade down Beale Street. 

Every March 17, Irish, and the Irish-at-heart, celebrate Irish culture with festivals, parades, dancing, and food, and let’s not forget the green—lots of green.

So, why is the color green so significant for St. Patrick's Day? Well green is the one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag. It is also the color of Spring and shamrocks.

If you’re not wearing the color green, expect to be pinched. Why? Because people believed the color green made you invisible to leprechauns, creatures believed to pinch anyone they could see who is not wearing the color green.

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