When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, you may think of all the times you’ve been pinched for not wearing the color green, ouch! You may even suddenly get the urge to binge watch the “Leprechaun” series on Hulu or go to your local grocery store to purchase a box of General Mills “Lucky Charms.” Be that as it may, the history of St. Patrick’s Day is more than what’s shown on television and advertising brands.
St. Patrick’s Day is a popular legend about St. Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland who died on March 17th in the year 493. Legend says, St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes and was a popular missionary that traveled north and west of Ireland. St. Patrick has been seen as a savior who brought good fortune to Ireland for centuries, which is why the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock symbolism is associated with good luck.
Franciscan Scholar, Luke Wadding, made certain that St. Patrick’s date of death would become a feast in the Catholic Church. Although it began in Ireland as a feast for St. Patrick’s death, St. Patrick’s Day is now a global festival that is also celebrated in Arkansas. The pot of gold at the end of Ireland’s rainbow is the Irish Culture Society of Arkansas (ICSA). The ICSA is a non-profit organization that provides Irish food, art, folklore festivals, and concerts of Irish music and dance.
The Irish Culture Society of Arkansas is hosting its fun and free 21st Annual St.Patrick’s day parade at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 13, 2022. The event will feature musical and dance performances, which will be like a breath of fresh air after being contained indoors due to COVID-19. If you need volunteer work experience to enhance your resume, good luck has bestowed upon you. The ICSA is looking for volunteers to assist with its annual parade such as float decorating, sound equipment set up, and much more.
Don’t forget to order your green outfit for the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day parade in Little Rock! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!