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霍尤克(Holyoke)的聖派翠剋日(St. Patrick's Day)遊行



不論它的真實性為何,世界各地的許多國家都會歡慶317日的聖派翠剋日。19世紀中期的馬鈴薯飢荒(Great Potato Famine)時,許多愛爾蘭人都移居美國。麻州霍尤克所舉行聖派翠剋日遊行是北美最大的聖派翠剋日遊行之一,它吸引了數十萬的旁觀者前來觀看由15,000名遊行者所組成的遊行行列。雖然麻州剛好是許多愛爾蘭移民後裔的故鄉,並不代表著您必須是愛爾蘭人,才能夠參加或享受這個遊行。

When you think of St. Patrick's Day you probably think of four-leaf clovers and leprechauns, right? But how much do you know about St. Patrick himself?

According to legend, St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland. No one really knows if this story is true, since chances are there never were any snakes in Ireland to begin with. Ireland is an island nation that was separated from the rest of the European continent during the Ice Age -- more than 1.6 million years ago. Different tales tell of St. Patrick standing upon a hill, using a wooden staff to force the serpents into the sea, and driving them away from Ireland forever.

Whether or not this is true, March 17 is celebrated as St. Patrick's Day in many parts of the world. Many Irish people immigrated to the United States during the Great Potato Famine of the mid-19th century. Holyoke, Massachusetts, is home to one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in North America. It attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators with 15,000 marchers. You don't have to be Irish to participate in or enjoy the parade, but it just so happens that Massachusetts is home to the descendants of many Irish Immigrants.

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