12 things you didn’t know about St. Patrick’s Day

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Irish and Gaelic descendants have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for over 1,000 years. The holiday, which falls on the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death, is accompanied by parades, drinking beer, and eating traditional foods like corned beef and cabbage or shepherd’s pie. More than 100 parades are held across the United States including the largest ones in New York City, Chicago and Scranton.

Although the US is home to some of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, festivities take place around the world from Ireland to Australia.

Here is a breakdown of St. Patrick’s Day by the numbers:


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Chicago started dyeing its river green in 1962. The first year used 100 pounds of dye.

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Source: NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade


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There are also fifteen places named Dublin and seven places named Clover.

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Source: Raidió Teilifís Éireann


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Source: Social Security Administration


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