On St. Patrick's Day March 17th revelers will raise a pint of stout and wish their companions "Slainté!"
—the Irish word, pronounced SLAN-cha, for "health."
Colonial New York City hosted the first official St. Patrick's Day parade in 1762
New York's St. Patrick's Day parade is the longest running civilian parade in the world.
Three million spectators are expected to watch the spectacle and some 150,000 participants plan to march.
Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade is little more than 75 years old.
34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 US Census.
Some American towns have "Irish" names.
You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock,
Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.
The Irish flag is green, white and orange.