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Over the years as a Firefighter here in Florida I have become more in touch with my Irish side. I have noticed that it is hard to find any decent Irish Firefighter shirts so I decided to put my graphic design skills to work and started designing. I am in the process of looking into getting my designs silk screened and start selling some shirts that will show my Irish pride.

St. Patrick's Day was introduced into the United States by Irish immigrants. The first organized celebration of St. Patrick's Day in the 13 colonies took place in Boston, Mass in 1737. The first celebration of Saint Patrick's Day in New York City was held at the Crown and Thistle Tavern in 1756. In 1780, George Washington, commanding soldiers of Irish descent in the Continental Army, allowed his troops a holiday on March 17. This event became known as The St. Patrick's Day Encampment.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade took place for the first time on March 17, 1762. It was staged by Irish Soldiers in the British Army, celebrating their Irish heritage. Over the next 80 years multiple "Irish Aid" societies were established in New York City, each holding annual celebrations or parades featuring Irish music and dancing. In 1848, several Irish Aid societies decided to merge their celebrations into a single St. Patrick's Day Parade. Today, it is the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world, watched by roughly 2 million spectators.

2012 marks the 250th consecutive year the parade makes it's way up Fifth Avenue.