A Brief History of St. Patrick's Day

How St. Patricks Day got its start remains a surprising tale.PlayABC NEWS
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St. Patrick’s Day, the day some pretend to be Irish and down a few pints, is one of the most beloved holidays on the calendar.

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But more than 1,500 years after St. Patrick’s death, the truth about how the March 17th holiday got its start remains a surprising tale for most revelers.

To clear up the mythology surrounding this adored holiday, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos has a brief history of St. Patrick’s Day. Watch the video above.