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Fun Facts About St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th and it’s time to party! Here are some fun facts about this holiday to share with your friends:
• St. Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat. He later changed his name to Patricius after he became a priest.
• The first ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in Boston on March 18, 1737. Ireland never got around to hosting a parade until 1931.
• St. Patrick’s color is not green. Artwork often depicted him wearing blue garments and blue was the color that represented Ireland on flags, coats of arms and sport jerseys. Some say that he preached about the Holy Trinity through the symbol of the shamrock and that is how the color green became associated with St. Patrick.
• The tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day started in 1962. It takes only 25 pounds of their “secret” powder to turn the river green for a day!
• St. Patrick was not Irish. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales.
• 5.5 million pints of Guinness are sold on any given day. Sales rise to 13 million on St. Patrick’s Day.
• Corned beef and cabbage is a tradition on St. Patrick’s Day. But, did you know that there’s no corn in that beef? The term “corn” comes from the large grains of salt that were historically used to cure meats.
• St. Patrick’s Day used to be a dry holiday. It was considered a strictly religious holiday and from 1903 to 1970, Ireland’s pubs were closed on March 17th.
• An estimated 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry but only about 4.2 million people live in Ireland.