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It’s the day for the wearing of green and the shamrock in honor of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, and for celebrating Irish culture.

The biggest of all the celebrations is the St. Patrick’s Day parade, which first took place not in Ireland, but, according to legend, in Boston in 1737, when colonists of Irish descent marked the event with a small parade.

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