March 17th, 2014 by admin3 0 0
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!
How much do you know about St. Patrick’s Day?
- Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish. In 2009, around 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the U.S.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the U.S. on March 17, 1762. This occured when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
- More than one-hundred St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the U.S. New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations in the U.S.
- At the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, participants march up 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street. Each year, between 150,000 – 250,000 marchers take part in the parade, however, automobiles or floats are not allowed.
- There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry and this number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
- Irish is the United States second most frequently reported ancestry, ranking behind German.
- There are around 144,588 current U.S. residents who were born in Ireland.