St Patrick’s Day, on March 17, commemorates the traditional death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who is remembered for spreading Christianity. It’s a celebration of all things Irish. It’s changed now, but Hell’s Kitchen was an Irish stronghold in Manhattan.
Yes, we celebrate St Patrick’s Day. There are many Latins of Irish descent. Cromwell’s Army (1649-53) pushed Irish of their land. Many came to work as indentured servants on sugar plantations all over the Caribbean. Later Irish built up Catholicism in New York City and helped liberate Latin America.
Galicians, Asturians, and Cantabrians in Spain, Northern Portuguese, and Bretons in France share Celtic culture with the Irish (and march in the St Patrick’s Day Parade). We even have Galician gaita bagpipes.
In Prehistory, our Indo-European language is believed to have come from the region that is now Ukraine. Today it has evolved into Bengali, English, French, German, Hindustani, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Russian. We are all related.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
44th to 79th St
Midtown-Upper East Side, NYC
The big Parade was cancelled for the COVID-19 situation, but a small group kept tradition alive by marching on Fifth Avenue in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Western Ireland and northwestern Spain share a Celtic culture.
Midtown & Upper East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, March 17, 2018
St. Patrick was a Roman-British missionary and bishop in Ireland active in probably the late 400s. He is considered by many to be the founder of Catholicism in Ireland. It’s important because Irish brought Catholicism to New York City.
Nobody really knows the actual dates of his life, but we celebrate St Patrick’s traditional death on March 17.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The community doesn’t forget the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Nolita, Manhattan.
However you celebrate St Patrick’s Day in New York City, be safe.