Happy St. Patty’s Day!

St. Patty Leprechaun kid 031716St. Patty’s Day is celebrated on March 17th to honor his death in 461 A.D.   Allegedly he was born in 385 A.D. to Roman parents in Wales and kidnapped at the age of 16 to be sold into slavery in Ireland.  There, while working as a shepherd he had a religious experience and began preaching. 

33.7 Million Americans of Irish Descent, about 7 times more than the population of the Republic of Ireland (4.6 Million)

First St. Patty’s Day Parade was not held in Ireland.  It was held in Boston in 1737 and NY began the tradition in 1762.  The parades were held to demonstrate the growing social and political power of the often oppressed Irish immigrants

Guinness sells 5.7 Million pints per day on average.  Sales jump to over 11 Million pints on St. Patty’s Day

First US President to attend a St. Patty’s Day Parade was Harry Truman in 1948

Largest St. Patty’s Day Parade is in New York City drawing over 1 Million people.   In Chicago, Illinois they dye the river with 40 tons of Kelly Green eco-friendly vegetable dye.  The tradition started in 1962.  The color lasts for between 5 and 8 hours.  Catfish must love it!  Among the largest celebrations are Boston MA (since 1901) and …… Savannah, Georgia!

Shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade is in Hot Springs, Arkansas at 98 feet

The original color associated with St. Patty’s Day was blue, it later became green associated with the green springs in Ireland and allegedly a freedom movement.  You will often see blue as an alternate color to green among revelers

The Shamrock is associated with St. Patrick as he used it as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he introduced Christianity to the Pagan Celts

While legend has it that St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland, there are actually no snakes native to Ireland.  It was too cold in the Ice Age for snakes to survive and the surrounding ocean prevented any snakes from reaching Ireland

The traditional Irish meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage has nothing to do with corn.  The “corn” refers to the large salt crystals used to cure the beef

“Erin go Bragh” roughly translates to “Ireland Forever”

 

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