10 Weird Facts about Saint Patricks Day
1. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day 100 lbs. of green dye was poured into the Chicago River
Stephen Bailey business manager of Chicago’s Journeymen Plumbers Local Union, weirdly received permission to turn the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day in 1961.
As he was unsure about the amount of green dye it would take to turn the river green, a massive 100 lbs of vegetable dye this turned the Chicago River green for a full week.
2. Saint Patrick isnt actually Irish
Saint Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain at the end of the 4th century AD.
The exact place of his birth is still unsure but some say he was born Scotland and some say Wales but he either way he has gone down in history as an Irish man.
3.St Patrick’s name wasn’t actually Patrick.
His real name was actually Maewyn Succat.
4.The shortest Patrick’s Day parade in the world took place in Dripsey in Co. Cork
The parade was just 77 feet and went between the two pubs in the village drawing hundreds of visitors every year.
5.The first parade didn’t actually take place in Ireland.
The first Saint Patricks Day parade actually took place in Boston in 1737 and was organised by 27 Irish emigrants living their.
6.Guinness, Guinness, Guinness
On an average day, 5.5 million pints of Guinness are consumed around the world. That number more than doubles on St. Patrick’s Day, with more than 13 million pints
7. Four Leaf Clover…
The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000
8. Blue Saint Patrick, Green Saint Patrick
St Patrick’s color was actually blue, green only came later, possibly due to the country’s green countryside as Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle.
9. Why is Saint Patricks Day so popular in America?
There are more people with Irish ancestry in the United States (34 million) than in Ireland (4.2 million).
10.Saint Patrick was a Slave
Saint Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave where he tended sheep for 10 years in Ireland before escaping back to England and taking refuge in a monastery.