The origins of St. Patrick’s Day are far from green beer, funny hats and parades in fact the holiday was originally a Roman Catholic feast day to celebrate the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death in the fifth century. It evolved into a secular holiday as Irish immigrants moved to the U.S. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in 1762, which has earned it the distinction of being the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade. Irish soldiers who were serving in the English military held it to help reconnect with their Irish roots. Since 1991 March has been designated Irish Heritage month in the United States and St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by Irish and non Irish alike. The tradition of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day originated from the idea that if you wear green you are invisible to leprechauns and so they cannot pinch you, hence getting pinched if you don’t wear green.