St. Patrick's Day Fast Facts

Young girls don Irish-inspired dresses as they participate in New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16.

(CNN)Here's a look at St. Patrick's Day, celebrated on March 17 every year.

Facts

St. Patrick's Day is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
    Corned beef and cabbage is a staple at many St. Patrick's Day celebrations in America.

      Saint Patrick

      St. Patrick is called a Christian missionary and the Apostle of Ireland.
      Patron saints are chosen to protect the interests of a country, place, group, trade or profession, or activity, and to intercede for them in heaven.