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5 Fun Facts About March 17 In Vermont History

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Here are 5 interesting facts about March 17 in Vermont history:

1. The first St. Patrick's Day parade in Vermont was held in 1996 in Burlington, organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The parade has since become an annual tradition, drawing thousands of people to the streets of downtown Burlington.

2. The Vermont State House has been lit up in green on St. Patrick's Day since 2010, in honor of the holiday and Vermont's Irish heritage.

3. In 1929, on March 17th, a massive flood swept through the towns of Rutland and Proctor, causing extensive damage and leading to the construction of the Chittenden Reservoir to prevent future floods.

4. In 1775, Vermonters celebrated St. Patrick's Day by raising a flag with a green field and a white pine tree in the center, symbolizing the state's independence from British rule.

5. One of Vermont's most famous residents, Senator Patrick Leahy, was born on March 31st but is often associated with St. Patrick's Day due to his Irish heritage and his involvement in promoting Irish-American relations in Congress.
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