WASHINGTON (AFP) — A petition has been launched in cyberspace, bars and retail stores to make St Patrick's Day -- the feast of the patron saint of Ireland -- a holiday in the United States.
"If we have a million signatures by midnight March 16, we're going to get it into the hands of someone in Congress and try to get the ball rolling," said Shawn Clair of the public relations firm which handles the US account of a very well known Irish stout beer, which is sponsoring the campaign.
"The campaign has been launched for a couple of weeks now and we already have 70,000 online signatures," said Clair.
St Patrick's Day falls on March 17.
"This is a very sincere effort. There are over 90 parades in the US dedicated to St Patrick's Day, and yet it's not an official holiday," said Clair.
According to the US Census Bureau, 36 million US residents claim Irish ancestry -- nearly nine
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