While many other cities have similar events, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day roots date back to the 5th century when a sixteen year old boy named Patrick, was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. He spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he "found God". After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest. Tradition holds that he died on March 17th and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint.
In some parts of the world, Saint Patrick's Day is actually a public holiday including the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.
However you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, just make sure you put on something green and keep a lookout for Leprechauns on March 17th.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.