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St. Patrick's day is not an official US holiday but a holiday which goes back to 1782 when Irish soldiers held a parade in New York City giving themselves comfort while away from home. The parade became an annual event which grew to a national level which mostly celebrates Irish culture.The holiday was honored by President John F. Kennedy in 1960 in a speech given about the Saint. St. Patrick, born in Rome to British parents and kidnapped by Irish slave traders who took him to Ireland where he escaped, went back to England to become a priest and then returned to Ireland to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Irish tribal leaders. Many of them converted and he baptized over 120,000 people. Irish Christians then went to England to evangelize the English. Among other miracles he was said to have driven out many snakes, which is evidence of the presence of God and promised as a biblical prophesy in Luke 10. "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. " Ireland has remained Christian for over 16 centuries and Saint Patrick is honored around the world for his incredible life.

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