Millions of people of Irish heritage or fans and friends of Ireland are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the patron saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. Some legends say that he got rid of all the snakes in Ireland, a more important myth is his use of Ireland’s clover (shamrock) explaining the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost). Over 100 parades in the United States are held to celebrate the Irish saint and country’s heritage. According to, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held here in New York City when on March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army. There are 39.6 million people of Irish descent in the United States – seven times the amount in the country of Ireland – and second most populous ancestry group after the Germans! Check out our Tweets today @victorialarson for best Irish bars in Saxony and SouthWest Germany and New York. Cheers!