St. Patrick's Day was originally a religious observance, a saint's feast day on the Roman Catholic calendar. Then it became more political, the national day of Ireland. It crossed the Atlantic with the Irish diaspora, including my father's family. In this country, it became an occasion for enormous parades and prodigious bouts of drinking. Still, if you looked carefully, there were still signs of Christian sentiment along the parade route.
Today's post on Downtown St. Louis 365 discusses American currency and aphorisms.