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Lucky Shamrocks

New London Irish Parade

A few of the most popular symbols related to St. Patrick's Day are shamrocks, leprechauns, a pot of gold and green beer.

When it comes to Saint Patrick’s Day, many people think the Irish shamrock and the four-leaf clover are interchangeable, but in fact, they each hold a very different significance to the holiday. A shamrock is a three-leaved clover, first celebrated in ancient Ireland as a symbol of spring’s arrival. Christian legend states that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to non-believers, although this connection has never been proven.

Internationally recognized as a traditional symbol of Ireland, the shamrock is a three-leafed clover believed to bestow good luck. Shamrocks were believed to possess magical properties with its tripartite leaves, as three was a sacred number in numerology. In ancient times they were used by druids to ward off evil spirits. You will see our lucky shamrocks lining the parade route on Jay, Huntington, Tilley, Bank and State Streets.

March 17 is the day of St. Patrick. It is a celebration of green beer, lucky charms and the Irish. This holiday brings people together to enjoy the evening.  Let’s celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day New London style and enjoy all this city has to offer.  Slainte’!

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Tambria Moore March 13, 2012 at 05:38 PM
May the cat eat you, and the devil eat the cat!
William Desmond March 13, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Just to clarify: May the cat eat you, and the devil eat the cat! It's an Irish blessing. It's basically, "If anyone harms you, let the devil harm them."
William Desmond March 13, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Go n-ithe an cat thú, is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat!
Debbie March 14, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Where's my lucky green hat? Better find it soon for Saturday's parade.

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