Here are the more interesting St Patrick’s Day fun facts and statistics I was able to dig up. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.
Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official tallies. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don’t guarantee anything.
St Patrick’s Day Fun Facts and Statistics
When did St Patrick live:
St Patrick wasn’t actually Irish. He was from either Scotland or Wales
Saint Patrick’s real name:
What is the significance of March 17th:
It was the day Saint Patrick died
When was green first associated with St Patrick’s Day:
When were Shamrocks first associated with St Patrick’s Day:
What did the Shamrock originally symbolize:
The Holy Trinity
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Year of first New York City St Patrick’s Day parade:
Number of people who march in the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade:
Number of spectators for the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade:
First year that green dye was dumped into the Chicago River:
Amount of green dye used in the Chicago River each year:
Average annual spending on St Patrick’s Day:
Percentage of the American population that celebrate St Patrick’s Day:
Annual average number of cards exchanged by Americans on St Patrick’s Day:
Estimated amount spent on beer on St Patrick’s Day:
St Patrick’s Day was actually a dry holiday in Ireland until a law requiring pubs to shut down on the day was overturned in 1970.
Year the Shamrock Shake was first introduced by McDonald’s: