Weird and Wonderful St Patrick’s Day Trivia and Traditions
We are so excited about Patty in the Parc on March 16th! Hope you join us for Wayne Toups, LA Roxx, and Blues Traveler at Parc International in downtown Lafayette. And to get you ready for the fun of being Irish for a day, here are some crazy things you probably didn't know about St Patrick's Day, thanks to WRAL TV.
- St Patrick was actually not Irish. He was born in Britain and taken to Ireland as a teenager, by slavers, no less.
- Hot Springs, Arkansas has the world's shortest St Patrick's Day parade. Really.
- The Chicago River is dyed green every year for St Patrick's Day. It's a bio degradable vegetable dye which lasts about a week.
- It's 'Paddy', for Pádraig, not 'Patty'.
- We wear green every March 17th, but it really should be blue. Green has traditionally been for the shamrock’s symbolism, which is the Irish flag and Ireland's nickname, 'The Emerald Isle', but the holiday was originally associated with the color blue. Catholic missionary's changed the color.
- Why leprechauns are associated with St Patrick's Day. According to WRAL, tradition says if you catch a leprechaun, three wishes are granted in exchange for their freedom.
- Wear green or get pinched! This tradition says that leprechauns can't see green, and if you don't wear it on March 17th, they will give you a pinch.
- Why four leaf clovers are lucky. Legend has it that they provide magical protection. Each individual leaf represents faith, hope, love and luck. I'll take it!
- Shamrocks are not four leaf clovers. They actually are three leaf clovers.
- Green food on March 17th represents something very sad. Back in the 1840's when the potato famine in Ireland was at it's height, people were so starved that they had to resort to eating grass.