St. Patrick’s Day Trivia
Who doesn’t love a little festive trivia? This St. Patrick’s Day, share a few fun facts with your friends and family over that pint! Who knew there were so many little factoids out there about why we wear green, or how many President’s have claimed Irish heritage?! Check out our St. Patrick’s Day trivia and enjoy!
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in Boston in 1737, not Ireland!
Since 1762, New York City has thrown the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade drawing and audience of more than 1 million every year.
Erin Go Bragh actually means “Ireland Forever”
President Truman was the first US President to attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1948.
110 million people will wear green this year, with just 33.7 million Americans claiming Irish Heritage.
Over 15 million greeting cards are purchased and exchanged for St. Patrick’s day
19 US Presidents claimed Irish Heritage, even #1 George Washington!
Over 100 US Cities hold annual St. Patrick’s Day parades.
St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish, he was British!
Irish is the second most reported ancestry in the United States.
Blue was the first color associated with St. Patrick, but became green over time.
The shamrock was St. Patrick’s symbol for the Holy Trinity.
St. Patrick was kidnapped as a teenager by the Irish, and became a slave to Ireland.
March 17th is the day history assumes St. Patrick died.
An estimated 7.6 million tourists visited Ireland in 2013.
The first year Chicago dyed their river green was 1962.
St. Patrick’s actual name was Maewyn Succat.
According to legend, St. Patrick drew the snakes out of Ireland.
Leprechauns are small Irish fairies that were not to be trusted, known for their mischief.
Leap Year in Ireland is known for the Irish tradition of women proposing to men, started by St. Bridget. Supposedly she proposed to St. Patrick and he said no!
For most of the 20th Century, St. Patrick’s Day was a dry, strictly religious holiday in Ireland. However, in 1970 it was converted to a national holiday and drinking resumed!
We have some great Horseradish mustard for that Corned Beef dinner!