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St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

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

Kaylee Yakish, Contributor

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  • 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








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Kaylee Yakish, Contributor

Kaylee Yakish is 7th grader that goes to Rogich Middle School. She likes to volunteer and help someone in need. She also used to do ballet and rhythmic...

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