Another √ off my Bucket List! The entire time of living in Lawrence, Kansas I had NEVER made it to a St. Patrick’s Day parade. The City of Lawrence really does a wonderful job at putting together the annual parade. I finally made it to my first parade in 2016, the following year after we moved back. I want to show Maxwell (our 5 year old) everything I can about the city in which we live and give him fun family adventures to remember. The second year the company in which my husband and I work for signed up to be in the parade! How exciting! I was responsible for assembling the decorations, candy, etc. At the time my daughter was my assistant and so she was my helper. My husband pulled Maxwell in the wagon and Maxwell was throwing out candy for the kids, this was probably my favorite part of being in the parade (watching him have so much fun interacting with other kids). We all had such a great time and the weather was perfect.
I have included our photos for the past 3 years we have attended the parade. AND for the record, being in the parade and all of the walking/running was exhausting.
This was our 1st time attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Maxwell was exhausted!
We were in the St. Patrick’s Day parade! Too much fun! Maxwell was exhausted!
This was the St. Patrick’s Day parade today! It was chilly but always a fun time!
Thank you to History.com for these Fun Facts below!
Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th, the death date of Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people.
What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.
The Irish have 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. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION
- Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish. In 2009, roughly 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the United States.
- Irish soda bread gets its name and distinctive character from the use of baking soda rather than yeast as a leavening agent.
- Lime green chrysanthemums are often requested for St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
- The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
- More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations.
- At the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, participants march up 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street. Each year, between 150,000 and 250,000 marchers take part in the parade, which does not allow automobiles or floats.