All About St. Patrick’s Day: Facts and Fun Statistics

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1762 The year of the world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade, held in New York City. Marchers included Irish soldiers from the British military

36.3 million Number of U.S. residents who claim to have Irish ancestry. This figure is 8 times larger than the population of Ireland itself (4.4 million)

4 Towns in the U.S. that are named “Shamrock” (in West Virginia, Texas, Indiana, and Oklahoma)

40.7 & 2.5 billion Pounds of beef and cabbage, respectively, produced in this country in 2008

64 Irish toasts (as listed on the Web site). Our favorite: “Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!” (“Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”)


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