Everyone has a little Irish in them on March 17th. Therefore, you can’t help but get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!

Here are some fun facts to prepare you for this coming Sunday!

1. The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston (1737).

2. Approximately 34 million Americans claim Irish ancestry. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.

3. Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.

4. The color of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue.

5. Beer is the most consumed beverage on St. Patrick’s Day. More specifically, Guinness. 

6. Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.

7. Chicago dyed its river green for the first time in 1962. It takes 40 tons of dye to get the river to the suitable Kelly green shade.

8. You have about a 1 in 10,000 chance of finding a four-leaf clover.

9. From 1999 to 2007, The Irish Village of Dripsey had the honor of holding the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade. It lasted only 26 yards, between the village’s two pubs.

10. St. Patrick was actually British! He was born to Roman parents in Wales or Scotland. He was brought to Ireland as a slave. He escaped 6 years later and became a priest. He introduced Christianity to Ireland in 432.


Bostons St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be this Sunday, March 17th in South Boston. It will start at the Broadway T station at 1 pm and end at the Andrew T station.

Have a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day!

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