St. Patrick earned the faith of the people because he proved himself a banisher of evil. That role takes place precedence in many folk tales.
Patrick was well loved by the Irish population. His role as the protector of the Irish earned him national acclaim.
Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family.
In the very early morning of our country's history, the Irish were already celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Philadelphia. Before the America republic was founded Irishmen came together in 1771 to pay honor to Ireland's patron as founding members of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick for the relief of Emigrants from Ireland. George Washington, who had encouraged the many Irish soldiers under his command during the Revolution to fete St. Patrick's Day, was an honorary member of this society.
In Philadelphia, there has been an Irish community since before the founding of our nation. Philadelphia Irishmen suffered with Washington at Valley Forge, fought with him at the Battle of Germantown and fought again in 1812 and in the civil War to preserve the nation.
The New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of our city’s greatest traditions, marching for the first time on March 17, 1762 - fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Today it is the largest parade in the world.
The first St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York was held on lower Broadway in 1762 by a band of homesick Irish ex-patriots and Irish military who served with the British Army stationed in the American colonies.
Corn beef and cabbage is an Irish American dish. Irish Americans were so poor they could not afford certain meals. On St. Patrick's Day, the best meal they could afford was beef and cabbage. It became a staple for the holiday.
As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.
Patrick's birthname was Maewyn. He was born in Roman Britain. He was kidnapped into slavery and brought to Ireland.