Fun Facts for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
As you pull on your green “Kiss me I’m Irish” t-shirt, prepare for a parade or cook up some corned beef and cabbage, check out these fun facts I’ve gathered about the holiday:

  • Do you know that the color traditionally associated with St. Patrick was blue, notgreen?
  • There are 34.7 million US residents with Irish ancestry; more than seven times the population of Ireland itself!
  • Dublin’s March 17th parade gathers a crowd of over half a million people.
  • 40 lbs of green dye are used to turn the Chicago River green.
  • The Irish name for leprechaun is lobaircin, which means “small-bodied fellow.”
  • Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish in the United States (but not in Ireland!)
  • In 2009, roughly 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the United States.

In Local News:

  • Boston is home to one of the largest Patty’s Day celebrations.
  • Across the US there are more than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades.
  • The official St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston kicks off at 1pm on Sunday, March 18th. Get the details about Southie’s celebration.
  • 23% of Massachusetts residents lay claim to Irish ancestry, more than double the national average of 11%.

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.
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