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St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, and whether you’ve got it in your blood or choose to be Irish for just one day, it’s a fun-filled day of food, parades and maybe just a little imbibing.

If you plan in partaking in some of the day’s festivities, wow your barmates with some of these fun St. Patty’s Day facts – and don’t forget to wear green!

Read on to brush up on your St. Patty’s Day trivia:

  • The St. Patrick’s Day parade first took place in New York City on March 17, 1762. This first parade was comprised of Irish soldiers serving in the English army to help them connect with their Irish roots and fellow countrymen.
  • St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish at all. He was born in Scotland, and his birth name was Maewyn Succat.
  • “Erin Go Bragh” is a popular phrase to shout on St. Patrick’s Day. It means “Ireland Forever.”
  • It is said that there is approximately one pub for every 350 people in Ireland.In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday-shops and businesses are closed to give everyone a day off to be spent with family and friends.
  • Beginning in 1962, Chicago has dyed its river green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day each year. Originally, 100  pounds of green vegetable dye was dumped into the river; enough to keep it green for a week. Today, for environmental protection, 40 pounds are used, which only lasts a few hours.
  • 40 percent of American presidents have had Irish ancestry.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th because it believed that was the date of his death.

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