St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

Interesting fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day you probably don’t know about!

Kaylee Yakish, Contributor

  • To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the city of Chicago dyes the Chicago River green for a few hours.
  • Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.
  • The color of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue.
  • Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck
  • 1962 marked the first time Chicago dyed their river green for St Patrick’s Day.
  • Despite his Irish notoriety, Saint Patrick was British. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.
  • At the age of 16, St Patrick was kidnapped and was taken to Ireland.
  • St Patrick’s Day has been observed by the Irish as a religious holiday for more than 1,000 years
  • The 200th anniversary of St Patrick’s Day was marked in Sydney Opera House by making it green.
  • The first St Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston in 1737.
  • World’s shortest St Patrick’s Day parade is held in Arkansas, which runs for a total of 98 feet. 
  • More than 1 million people take part in the St Patrick’s Festival (between March 15th and 17th) in Dublin every year.
  • Finding a four leaf clover on St Patrick’s Day is considered lucky as you only have one chance in 10,000. Generally, you will find a three leaf clover.
  • St. Patrick’s given name was Maewyn Succat
  • There are more people with Irish ancestry in the United States (34 million) than in Ireland (4.2 million).
  • According to the Guiness world record, the most leaves found on a clover stem is 56