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Fort Lauderdale St Pats Parade 2017

Written on February 22, 2016

2017 Fort Lauderdale St Pats Parade

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fort Lauderdale St Pats Parade

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.Get ready to paint the town green! On Saturday, March 11th, the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival returns to the streets of downtown featuring fun and excitement for the entire family!
This free event has quickly grown into one of Fort Lauderdale’s largest and most anticipated festivals, attracting thousands of spectators for a one-of-a-kind celebration of all things Irish.
Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2017 Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. This is a great opportunity for your organization or group to share your heritage, talents and pride with our community.

Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

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Fort Lauderdale St Pats Parade

honors Saint Patrick who is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.

According to different versions of his life story it is said that he was born in Britain, around 385AD. His parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.

Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

Many folk ask the question ‘Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?’ The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.

In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening.