~~March 17, 2016~~
ST. PATRICK’S DAY AND PUERTO RICO
It’s St. Patrick’s Day – the ubiquitous Irish holiday that brings out the wearin’ o’ the green- and the Irish in us yearns to break free and do a jig
When thinking of St. Patrick Day celebrations, everyone thinks of the events that are celebrated in Boston or New York City – large communities of Irish descent.
But everyone is always surprised to see Puerto Rico celebrating the day.
Now, of course, Puerto Ricans will take any excuse to celebrate and indulge in a holiday.
But really – there is a rich Irish history in Puerto Rico (and the Caribbean for that matter). So, when you drink that green beer as you lounge along the beaches of Puerto Rico, feel confident that you are memorializing a long history of Irish immigration and participation in Puerto Rico’s history …
From the 16th to the 19th century, there was considerable Irish immigration to Puerto Rico, for a number of reasons. During the 16th century many Irishmen, who were known as “Wild Geese,” fled the English Army and joined the Spanish Army.
For the last several years, the town of Luquillo has hosted a day-long Saint Patrick’s Day festival which includes a Parada de San Patricio (St. Patrick’s Parade) honoring Ireland’s patron saint.
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