Everything from Niagara Falls to the Pyramids of Egypt to the Leaning Tower of Pisa were green yesterday in honor of St. Patrick.
St. Paddy was actually kidnapped by pirates when he was a boy (around the 4th century). He escaped and eventually found religion - like in a big way. He's credited with combining Irish Paganism with Christianity - and creating the lovely Celtic Cross. Here's more on what must be one of the coolest saints evurrrr from Biography.com.
Thousands turned up for the parade in Dublin - check out the pics from The Independent. Looks like these people know how to throw a party.
Not to be outdone, two million shamrock heads attended the festivities in NYC, the biggest St. Paddy's Day parade in the world. Here's a peek:
By the way, Ireland is the hardest drinking nation on the planet, consuming 14.2 liters of alcohol and 131 liters of beer per capita each year.
To see where you and your ancestors turn up, here's a list of the Top Ten Drinking Countries from AskMen.com.