St Patrick’s Day Statistics and Facts (2022)

Last Updated on: March 17th, 2022

St Patrick's Day Facts and Statistics 2022

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:


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:

2 million

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


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:


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:


Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. A few of these St Patrick’s Day statistics come from their own reports, but some 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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