St. Paddy’s Day has been celebrated in different ways by different people.  Sometimes, it has been used as a day of protest in the Irish tradition of fighting the establishment as this video documents.  Of course, the most common tributes to Irish culture have usually been parades, bagpipes, and partying.  It was also occupied by Occupy Spokane.

For 1,000 years, St. Paddy’s Day was a religious day of observance of Saint Patrick and celebrated with Irish bacon and cabbage.  It became more secularized when Irish Immigrants formed the Charitable Irish Society of Boston and held the first St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17th, 1737 to draw attention to their plight.

The secular customs of parades, bagpipes, and partying still dominate the holiday.  However, it has been used to protest everything from World Hunger to Animal Rights, to the treatment of Gays and Lesbians, and most recently the U.S. banking system by the Occupy Movement both in New York and here in Spokane, Wa.

Occupying Spokane, WA, on St. Paddy’s Day

Occupy Spokane choose to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day by promoting their Move your Green Campaign out of corporate banks and into credit unions and local banks.  They tabled at the bus plaza Saturday afternoon and registered voters.

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