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Leg­end has it that back in the fifth cen­tury St. Pa­trick drove all snakes from Ire­land. Stand­ing atop a hill he used his staff to herd the slith­er­ing crea­tures into the sea, ban­ish­ing them for eter­nity. While it's true that there are no snakes in Ire­land, this has more to do with ge­og­ra­phy than the feats of a cer­tain St. Pa­trick - the same St. Pa­trick that Ir­ish peo­ple all over the world cel­e­brate as the equiv­a­lent of their Na­tional day. While many peo­ple in Ire­land hold a week-long fes­ti­val around this time ev­ery year, there are about 2 mil­lion peo­ple show­ing up just to watch the pa­rade in New York City, and the craze can even go as far as dy­ing the river ‘Green’ in Chicago. Well it is all in the name of Saint Pa­trick… de­spite that NOT be­ing his real name and him not been born in Ire­land. So now ev­ery year we get pol­luted drunk, dress up like lep­rechaun with lucky charms dan­gling for all see, danc­ing around in cir­cles prais­ing a man for ap­par­ently rid­ing Ire­land of snakes. Oh, the Ir­ish…

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