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However, March the 17th isn't just about harps, shamrocks and Irish stew. The Irish have been celebrating this day for over a thousand years. Traditionally, families would attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. The Lenten restrictions would be lifted, allowing people to eat, drink and dance.
The biggest St Patrick's Day parade is held in New York where over 150,000 people take part. Similar celebrations are held across America in cities like Boston and Chicago, where the large Irish populations have turned the St Patricks day parade into a homage to their mother country.
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