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Ovation: St. Patrick’s Day Trivia.

03/17/2014

March17Trivia (2)Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  No matter how you celebrate … around the water cooler, with green beer at happy hour or over a meal of Bangers & Mash, a little bit of St. Patrick’s Day trivia knowledge can keep a conversation going.  Enjoy!

  • St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious holiday to honor the saint who, in the fifth century, introduced Christianity to Ireland.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade happened in New York on March 17, 1762.
  • Green is associated with St. Patrick’s Day because it is the color of spring, of Ireland, and of the shamrock.
  • 133 million People in the U.S. plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in 2014 and 83.2% of those celebrating plan to wear green.
  • $4.8 billion is expected to be spent on St. Patrick’s Day in 2014.
  • 30.5% of Americans plan to go to a bar or restaurant to celebrate.
  • There are 2,900 species of snakes and, according to legend, St. Patrick drove all of them from Ireland.
  • Erin go Bragh translates to “Ireland forever”.
  • The odds of finding a white four-leaf clover are 1 in 10,000 for every common three-leaved clover.
  • The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland but in Boston in 1737.
  • Forty pounds of dye are needed to turn the Chicago River green for the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
  • There are seven places in the U.S. named Shamrock and sixteen places named Dublin.
  • Ireland ranked fourth in global beer consumption per capita in 2011 with 101.1 liters.  The U.S. ranked 15th.
  • The name “Patrick” was the 142nd most popular name for a new baby in 2012.
  • Fifteen million greeting cards are exchanged on St. Patrick’s Day, ten percent of which are sold in New York.
  • In 2012, there were 34.2 million people in the U.S. with Irish ancestry.
  • A 12-ounce limited edition green McDonald’s Shamrock Shake has 530 calories.  The large-22-ounce size has 820.

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2 Comments
  1. Top of the morning to you! Very interesting post. I also mentioned a wee bit of St. Patrick’s Day related trivia today.
    http://dcmontreal.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/happy-st-patricks-day/

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  2. May the road rise to meet you and may the wind always be at your back.

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