‘FIRST’ CITY: St. Augustine might have hosted country’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade

While reading centuries-old Spanish documents, history professor Michael Francis found something surprising: Evidence that St. Augustine had a parade for St. Patrick before anyone else in the country and perhaps beyond.

“It was one of those wow moments,” Francis said.

The documents indicate that St. Augustine residents publicly celebrated St. Patrick in 1600 and 1601, including a parade that well predates parades in New York and Boston.

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