According to Huffington Post, “It’s said that blue was originally the color associated with the holiday but over time green took over in popularity due to Ireland’s nickname as “The Emerald Isle”, the green in the Irish flag and the clover that St. Patrick used in his teachings about Catholicism.
“In Ireland, some still follow the tradition where Catholics wear green and Protestants wear orange. These colors are associated with the religious sects and are the represented on the Irish flag; the white on the flag is symbolic of the peace between the two.”
In the 1700’s Irish immigrants in the U.S. started the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. The historic post card above shows the marriage between patriotism and Irish tradition.
I’m wear’in white!