March is mainly known as International Women’s History month, where we celebrate women’s history and changes in today’s society, but for the United States, it has another meaning. March in the U.S. is also known as Irish-American Heritage month. This celebration of Irish immigrants was first celebrated in 1991, although President Obama was the president that proclaimed March to be Irish-American Heritage in 2014. It is the foundation of the United State’s relationship with Ireland. This month celebrates the achievements of Irish immigrants have made for our country, like Colonel Eileen Marie Collins became the first woman to command an American spacecraft, John Philip Holland the father of the modern submarine, and Commodore John Barry a hero of the Revolutionary war.
The highlight of the celebration is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. After this it became a tradition that has carried on for its 225th anniversary. Though there is some anger that President Trump won’t be letting people near his Trump Tower for security reasons. Spectators are also hurt that the President himself won’t be there himself, but some of his family will be.
By Megan Saari