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On March 17th every year, Americans gather together to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Most large cities hold an annual parade to honor the patron saint of Ireland. People dress up in green clothing, eat traditional foods and enjoy a few drinks to honor the day. There are quite a few traditions that go along with celebrating this special day in March. But what is the history behind St. Patrick's Day? Discover how this saint came to represent everything Irish on March 17th, not only in the US but around the world.

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1. St. Patrick Isn't Even Irish

Patrick was born in 385 AD. His real name was Maewyn Succat, but his precise birthplace is not really known. It's been speculated that he was was born in Italy, since his parents were believed to have been Roman aristocrats. However, it's more likely he was born in England, Scotland or Wales, where the Roman Empire controlled that part of the world.

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