St. Patrick’s Day

17 Random Facts & Myths

  1. St. Patrick was not Irish, he was from Wales.
  2. St. Patrick wasn’t named Patrick. His birth name was Maewyn Succat
  3. St. Patrick’s color was blue — so people might pinch you for not wearing green, but you should be wearing what the knights of the order of St. Patrick wore, which was blue.
  4. The shamrock is not the symbol of Ireland. The harp is actually the national symbol
  5. March 17th is when Patrick died.
  6. The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are one in 10,000, unless you count Lucky Charms marshmallows.
  7. Legend says St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland.
  8. There are more Irish in the USA than Ireland
  9. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York in the 1760s.
  10. A Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold is Worth $1,258,000
  11. Worldwide, 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed
  12. St. Patrick’s Day partiers will shell out a total of $4.6 billion on March 17th
  13. 100 lbs. of green dye is poured into the Chicago River in honor of St. Patrick’s Day
  14. George Washington ordered that “St. Patrick” be the response to the password “Boston” on Evacuation Day
  15. It Used to Be a Dry Holiday for most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation’s pubs were closed for business on March 17
  16. Leprechaun means “small body”
  17. There Are No Female Leprechauns