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The Wearing of the Green!

New London Irish Parade

Dressing in the color green is one of the most popular ways people celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. It pays tribute to the country of Ireland, whose landscape remains green year round, earning it the poetic name of “The Emerald Isle”. Wearing green, especially on Saint Patrick’s Day, is believed to bring a person good luck.

Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the color green and its association with Saint Patrick's Day grew.  Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a universal feature of the day.

In the 1798 rebellion, to make a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on March 17 in hopes of catching public attention. The phrase "the wearing of the green" means to wear a shamrock on one's clothing. So the wearing of green is a symbol of Saint Patrick's Day and then Ireland, the Emerald Isle, in general. The day as a holiday with parades, green beer etc. is more of an American tradition than Irish, and of course everyone is Irish on St. Paddy's day.

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Alan Green, Jr. March 15, 2012 at 07:12 PM
This is a huge conspiracy orchestrated by the Finizio camp to hypnotize the people of New London. It shouldn't be lost on anyone that the rogue Mayor's campaign color was in fact GREEN! This should not stand! I am encouraging a State investigation and would be surprised if Federal legislation isn't initiated. Granted, the election is 3.5 years off, but that means the Mayor will have this plus three more opportunities to impose his green mindset on the unsuspecting people of New London. You watch. He's going to wear green! Disgusting! And remember, this is not just people of New London that will be effected. I've heard people from Waterford and other towns come to New London for the parade. What an embarrassment! Didn't anyone check before deciding on green for this Irish thing? And don't tell me that wearing a bit of yellow (like that oversized scarf he's been known to wear) will mitigate this travesty. It certainly won't.

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