The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers to reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army. If you're looking for St. Patrick's Day Gifts and decorations, you've come to the right place. At Flagandbanner.com, we've got a wide selection of Irish Flags, Ireland Flags, St Patrick's Day gifts and more!