St. Patrick's Day traditions explained: Parades, shamrocks and more

March 17, 2016 10:03 AM

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St. Patrick's Day traditions explained: Parades, shamrocks and more

Get out your green! It's St. Patrick's Day. USA TODAY Network explains the origins of some of the Irish holiday's traditions.

Patrick was a nobleman born in about 400 A.D. in Britain and kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of 16, said Philip Freeman, author of St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography.

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