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FUN FACTS FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY
WEARING OF THE GREEN
Over 94 million people plan to wear green on St. Patrick's Day.
ANNUAL WORLD CONSUMPTION OF BEER
1% is consumed on St. Patrick's Day
It is estimated that by 2013, that 1% will be 528 million gallons, or 4.2 billion pints, of beer.
Nine American cities share the name of Ireland's capital.
The largest Dublin in America is Dublin, California, population 41,840.
Leprechauns are always male.
Wearing green, eating green food and even drinking green beer, is said to commemorate St Patrick's use of the shamrock in his teaching - although blue was the original color of his vestments.
Since 1962, the Chicago River has been dyed green in honor of the day.
The very first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland.
It was in Boston in 1737.
24% of MA residents are of Irish ancestry
12% of USA residents are of Irish ancestry
The Irish nickname for Patrick is "Paddy."
"Patty" is a woman's name, so it's never "St. Patty's Day"!
On any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness, the famous Irish stout brand, are consumed around the world. But on St. Patrick's Day, that number more than doubles to 13 million pints.
St. Patrick's isn't a big drinking holiday in Ireland.
In fact, many of the local pubs are closed for the day.
At one time, there were more Irish living in New York City, than in Dublin, Ireland.
Many Americans will pinch people not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day. Tradition says wearing green makes you invisible to Leprechauns, who pinch anyone they can see.