St Patrick’s Day Trivia
8:00am: Green was not the original color associated with St. Patrick’s Day. The Order of St. Patrick, established in 1783, selected blue as its color because dark green was already taken. Green became popular with the 1798 Irish Rebellion when wearing a clover on a lapel became a sign.
10:30am: Dyeing the Chicago River green is a Chicago tradition for St. Patrick’s Day. How many pounds of dye does it take to do this? 25 lbs.
12:00pm: True or False: There are more Irish living in the United States than Ireland. True. An estimated 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry. Some are pure-blood Irish, meaning they or their parents came from Ireland, but many more have mixed ancestry today. By contrast, there are 4.2 million people living in Ireland.
1:30pm: St. Patrick’s Day honors St. Patrick’s date of birth or day of his death? Death.
4:00pm: Where was the first St. Patrick’s Day parade held? The world’s first recorded Saint Patrick’s Day Parade took place in Boston on 18 March 1737 followed by the New York Parade, which first took place in 1762. Ireland took over a century to jump on the parade float with the rest of the world and only had their first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin in 1931.
5:00pm: It is said that on average there are 5.5 million pints of Guiness consumed a day. What is the number on St. Patrick’s Day? 13 million
6:00pm: What are the odds of you finding a four leaf clover? 1 in 10,000.
8:00pm: St. Patrick is Irish. False. St Patrick was born in Britain. At 16, he was kidnapped by traders, sent to the Irish countryside and made to tend to sheep as a slave for seven years. This is where he turned to God.