On March 17, everyone is Irish for the day! Accessorize with our beads and necklaces and get in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day. Whether worn alone or with one of our costumes, you will ready for this colorful holiday. Green is the color of the day, from shamrocks to shirts to decorations to jewelry. Green food, like cabbage, and beer dyed green are served around the world on this day. Parade marchers and watchers get decked out in this festive color and in Chicago, they even dye the river green for the day.
The holiday was first celebrated in the 9th or 10th century in honor of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, who is believed to have died on March 17, 431. In the early 1660s, it was officially made a church holiday and in 1903, it became a public holiday in Ireland. Today, St. Patrick's day is observed around the world as a celebration of Irish culture. Millions of people don green garb and accessories in honor of Ireland and St. Patrick.
New York City, not Ireland, was the site of the first known St. Paddy's Day parade in 1762. Today, there are approximately 300,000 participants and 2-3 million onlookers each year. Large parades are held all over North America, including Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and Montreal each year. For a day, the cities are green – everyone is dressed in green, decorations are green and in Chicago, even the river is dyed green.