17 St Patrick’s Day Facts and Statistics (2020) | By the Numbers



St Patrick's Day Facts and Statistics

Here are the more interesting St Patrick's Day 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.

St Patrick's Day Facts and Statistics

When did St Patrick live:

AD 385-461


St Patrick wasn't actually Irish. He was from either Scotland or Wales


Saint Patrick's real name:

Maewyn Succat


What is the significance of March 17th:

It was the day Saint Patrick died


When was green first associated with St Patrick's Day:

the 1640s


When were Shamrocks first associated with St Patrick's Day:

the 1680s


What did the Shamrock originally symbolize:

The Holy Trinity


Year of first New York City St Patrick's Day parade:

1762


Number of people who march in the New York City St Patrick's Day parade:

150,000-250,000


Number of spectators for the New York City St Patrick's Day parade:

2 million


First year that green dye was dumped into the Chicago River:

1962


Amount of green dye used in the Chicago River each year:

40 lbs


Average annual spending on St Patrick's Day:

$4.14 billion


Percentage of the American population that celebrate St Patrick's Day:

39%


Annual average number of cards exchanged by Americans on St Patrick's Day:

8 million


Estimated amount spent on beer on St Patrick's Day:

$245 million


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:

1970