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Thursday, March 14, 2013

St. Patrick's Day

The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the United States and not in Ireland. In 1762, the Irish Soldiers serving in the English Military, marched through New York City om March 17 in commemoration of St. Patrick.  Despite those humble beginnings, today the New York City St.Patrick's Day parade is the largest parade in the United States, with more than 150,000 participants. Nearly 35 millon U.S residents claim Irish ancestry.  That number is 7 times the population of Ireland.  23 percent of Massachusetts residents trace their ancestry to Ireland.

The U.S. Census Bureau notes there are more than 144,000 current U.S. residents who were born in Ireland.

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