Saint Patrick´s Day is celebrated on March 17, the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. There are many stories about St. Patrick´s mysterious life, but one of the most famous legends about him is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland.
Both in Ireland and in the United States, St. Patrick´s Day is primarily a secular (non-religious) holiday. In the United States, it is an especially important holiday in cities with a large number of people of Irish descent. People wear something green on St. Patrick´s Day, green being the predominant color of the beautiful countryside of the Emerald Isle.
Parties and parades are also part of the St. Patrick´s Day celebrations. The most famous parades are those in New York and Boston. The St. Patrick´s Day parade in New York takes hours to wind its way down the streets of the city. Thousands of people march in the parade along with bands, mounted police, political leaders, and social and civic organizations.