Watch out for those leprechauns!

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Watch out for those leprechauns!

Tyra Morris, Features Writer

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Saint Patrick ‘s Day is annually celebrated on March 17th, the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death, in the fifth century. The Irish observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. However, the first parade did not take place in Ireland, but in the United States. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.

Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at age 16. He escaped but returned to Ireland to teach Christianity to its people. By the time of his death, he had made monasteries, churches, and schools.

The original color of St. Patrick’s day was blue, but people changed it to green. Both kids and adults wear green in fear of getting pinched if they don’t. Some kids even make leprechauns traps. Cody has a St. Patrick’s Day parade that they have held for many years. Elementary schools in Cody sometimes have St. Patrick’s Day parties.