America’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day can be traced to the 1700’s. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington allowed his troops to celebrate on March 17, 1780. It’s not known if any green beer was consumed at the event.
Today, some 36 million Americans claim Irish ancestry. That’s far more than the entire population of Ireland itself. Of course, the Irish influence on Chicago goes back many years and remains to this date. Our celebration of St. Paddy’s Day is known around the world.
Back in the early sixties, the Irish Rovers folk group was formed in Alberta Canada. The group members were born in Ireland and took the name Irish Rovers from a traditional Irish song.
In March 1968, they made their debut on American music charts. The Unicorn would peak at #7 and became the Irish Rovers biggest hit single.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!