Slainte, It’s St. Patrick’s Day

Cropped Erik Drost / CC BY 2.0

JAMESTOWN – Today you might feel a little ‘Luck of the Irish,’ on Saint Patrick’s Day, and a time when many Americans celebrate their Irish Heritage.

About 33 million Americans self-identify as being of Irish ancestry, according to U.S. Census Data. That’s five times the number of people on the actual Island of Ireland.

The traditional wearing of green is likely to be more subdued this year because of social distancing and COVID-19. There are normally hundreds of parades across America to celebrate, but many have been canceled.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a Guinness and some Corned Beef and Cabbage at home.

March 17 marks the assumed date of Saint Patrick’s death 1,500 years ago.

The legend that Saint Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland is probably myth, but he is credited with bringing Christianity to the emerald isle.

On Saturday the City of Jamestown will celebrate the holiday by turning the Chadakoin River green, an annual tradition that was called of last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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