Fun Facts and Trivia about St. Patrick’s Day

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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