Judging by this picture, there wasn't much pinching going on at Patty in the Parc Saturday night; still, I have to ask:  Why do we pinch those not in green?

After completing a quick Google search, it appears that the tradition is totally American:  the Christian Science Monitor says that it started in the United States in the 1700s.  St. Patrick's Day party-goers thought that, if one was wearing green, he would be invisible to leprechauns.

I believe this to be nothing more than superstition.  But, I am certain that some of those in the crowd pictured above had enough green beer to feel 10 feet tall and bulletproof!

By the way, the article also mentions that St. Patrick's Day used to be a religious holiday . . . my, how things have changed.  Pass me a beer.

 

(Via Google, Christian Science Monitor)