St Patrick’s Day Statistics, History and Facts (2021)



Here are a few of the most interesting St Patrick’s Day statistics and facts I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

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

Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. These St Patrick’s Day stats are based on news reports and not official company tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.

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