The oldest parade in the United States is the St. Patrickâ€™s Day Parade in New York City. The first parade was held on March 17, 1762, and has been held annually ever since. The parade is organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians and typically features over 150,000 marchers, making it one of the largest parades in the world.
The St. Patrickâ€™s Day Parade is just one of many Irish-American traditions that have become popular in the United States. Other popular traditions include wearing green on St. Patrickâ€™s Day, eating Irish food such as corned beef and cabbage, and drinking Irish whiskey or beer. Many of these traditions were brought to the United States by Irish immigrants who came to America during the Great Famine of 1845-1852.
Today, there are an estimated 34 million Americans with Irish ancestry - thatâ€™s about 10% of the population! So itâ€™s no surprise that St. Patrickâ€™s Day has become a widely celebrated holiday in the United States. If you find yourself in New York City on March 17th, be sure to check out the parade - itâ€™s a sight to behold!