While St. Patrick’s Day has already officially occurred, here are some fun facts about the holiday to get you pumped up for the celebrations this weekend.

1. There are 33.3 million Irish-Americans living in the United States.
2. The first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Boston on in 1737. Ireland did not have a St. Patrick’s Day parade until 1931 in Dublin.
3. Saint Patrick was not actually Irish; he was born in Roman Britain. He is celebrated for bringing Christianity to Ireland.
4. About 13 million pints of Guiness beer are consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day.
5. The Chicago River is died green every year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
6. The adopted color of the Order of Saint Patrick is actually blue, not green.
7. St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17 in honor of the date of his death.
8. Saint Patrick is said to have used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
9. Until the 1970’s, all pubs in Ireland were forced closed on the holiday for religious reasons.
10. The holiday is appropriately referred to as St. Paddy’s Day, not St. Patty’s Day.

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