Fun Facts and Trivia about St. Patrick’s Day

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Fun Facts and Trivia about St. Patrick’s Day

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Fun Facts and Trivia about St. Patrick’sDay

Thought you knew everything about St. Patrick’s Day?  Think again!  Here are some interesting and mind-blowing facts about this “green” celebration and its history.

  • Saint Patrick’s given name was actually Maewyn Succat (Magonus Succetus in Latin.)
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration was in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.  However, the first St. Paddy parade was in New York City in the 1760s.
  • Each American who revels on March 17 will spend a little over $36 to celebrate.
  • There are apparently no female leprechauns, only male leprechauns.
  • Alas, St. Patrick was from Wales.  In other words, he wasn’t Irish.
  • Because green was originally considered an “unlucky” color, blue was associated with St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s not known when the changeover to green happened.
  • On St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, the Plumbers Local 110 union workers dye the Chicago River green.
  • Sales of Guinness reach incredible levels on March 17.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is considered a national holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • Roughly translated, the phrase “Erin go Bragh” means “Ireland Forever.”
  • More than 100 cities in the United States have St. Patrick’s Day parades every year.  This includes Harrisburg and York!
  • President Truman was the first known president to attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade.
  • There are almost 35 million people across the nation with Irish heritage.
  • Seven locations in the U.S. have been named for the Shamrock.
  • Irish soda bread uses baking soda as its leavening agent, rather than yeast.

Sources:  ABC News, Irish Central, Mental Floss, Discovery Channel, History Channel

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