Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Facts


The very first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.

Patrick’s ‘real’ name was Maewyn Succat, or in Latin, Magonus Succetus. He

took on the name Patrick when he became a priest.

The average amount American St. Patrick’s Day revelers will spend this holiday is $36.52 per person, totaling a combined $4.6 billion.

According to the most recent census data, 33.3 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry, which is seven times Ireland's total population.

There are no female leprechauns. If Irish folk tales are to be believed, the mystical beings are expressly male.

If, by chance, one did happen to find a mystical pot at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick's Day, and it contained 1,000 gold coins weighing one ounce each, the total current worth would be $1.26 million.


In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday similar to Christmas and Easter.
Erin go Bragh translates to "Ireland forever."
The largest parade in the United States, held since 1762, is in New York City, and draws more than one million spectators each year.
Over 100 US cities hold a parade every year. Some of the other biggest St. Patrick's Day parades are in Chicago, Illinois and Savannah, Georgia.
In 1948 President Truman became the first president to attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade.
The city of Chicago goes so far to celebrate that they dye their river green.
Green is associated with Saint Patrick's Day because it is the color of spring, of Ireland, and of the shamrock.

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