we’re more irish than the irish… and other fun st. patty’s day facts

If you ask the average person to tell you what they know about St. Patrick’s Day, they will probably tell you about leprechauns, shamrocks, Irish pubs, green beer, and a pot-o-gold hidden at the end of a rainbow. We all know why we wear green (it makes us invisible to a leprechaun’s pinch), and why the rare four leaf clover is considered to be lucky (there are 10,000 three leaf clovers for every one four leaf clover). But how much do we really know about this green-themed holiday?

Check out these interesting St. Patrick’s Day fun facts.

1.  St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. Maewyn Succat was Scottish and born in Wales. He was kidnapped at age 16 by Irish raiders and enslaved for six years. He escaped, went home to Scotland, joined the church and then headed back to Ireland to save the Irish from themselves and their pagans ways of worshiping fairies and shoe-making leprechauns.

2.  Believe it or not, the actual color of St. Patrick’s Day is blue. St. Patrick used a three leaf clover in his teachings about the holy trinity. To commemorate his teachings, people wore the color green because the the clover (or shamrock) was green. Green was declared the official St. Patrick’s Day color in the 19th century.
3.  Ireland isn’t the country with the most Irish pride. Ask any Irishman and he’ll tell you that Americans are more Irish than the Irish. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in Boston in 1737. Dublin, Ireland didn’t hold its first parade until1931. 

4. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday, not a drinking holiday. Bars and pubs are closed.

5.  There are over 34 million U.S. residents with Irish descent, which is nine times more than the population in Ireland with most Irishmen located in…

How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Here in New Orleans, our pubs are definitely open. The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1pm on Saturday and the Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Day begins at noon on Sunday. For routes and more celebration information, visit http://www.stpatricksdayneworleans.com/. The Irish House on St. Charles is celebrating all week long. If you want the real deal, check out their Irish Week calendar… and menu, of course.
Looking for something green to wear this St. Patrick’s Day? Check out these pinch-proof fashion finds from local shops and other fun ways to celebrate.

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Written by Dominique McConduit

Nola-bred, pre-med grad gone fashion and DIY obsessed. Newly married and childless so, of course, I’m working for a parenting blog.

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