There are more than 33 million United States residence who claim Irish ancestry according to WalletHub. It’s no surprise that when March 17 rolls around, those who are Irish (and those who aren’t) are ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with beer, green socks and blarney.
But how much do you really know about St. Patrick’s Day? Take a gander at some of the not-so-known facts.
- St. Patrick was born around 390 AD.
- St. Patrick is one of Ireland’s patron saints.
- Boston held the first United States St. Patrick’s Day celebration in 1737.
- The first official St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City was held on March 17, 1762.
- St. Patrick’s Day was originally a Roman Catholic feast observed in Ireland.
- St. Patrick’s dad was a Christian deacon.
- Some believe St. Patrick’s born name was Maewyn Succat. However, the two existing documents with his signature are penned “Patricius.”
- New York City holds one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world.
- St. Patrick is not Irish; he was born in either Scotland, England or Wales.
- The British Isles were occupied during the Romans during St. Patrick’s life.
- The city of Chicago has been dyeing the Chicago River Green since 1961.
- It’s believed that St. Patrick was enslaved by Irish raiders and was held captive for six years before escaping to England.
- St. Patrick’s family is either of Celtic descent or Italian; they may have been Roman aristocracy.
Do you know your St. Patrick history? Comment below with any missing facts.