St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts!

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St. Patrick's Day takes place each year on March 17, the traditional religious feast day of Saint Patrick. (Photo:TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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This year, St. Patrick's day falls on a Sunday. (Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762. (Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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More than 100 St. Patrick's Day parades are held across the United States with New York City and Boston home to the largest! (Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry! (Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Irish is the nation's second most frequently reported ancestry, coming behind German. (Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sixteen U.S. places share the name of Ireland's capital, Dublin. Dublin, CA is the largest city in the U.S. named after the Irish town! (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 144,588 current U.S. residents who were born in Ireland. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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There are seven places in the United States named after the shamrock; the one closest to Houston is Shamrock, TX! (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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The Irish nickname for Patrick is "Paddy". (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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It is believed that St. Patrick died on March 17 in 461AD. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in America in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737. (Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Wearing green, eating green food and even drinking green beer, is said to commemorate St Patrick's use of the shamrock. (Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, although he was born in Britain, around 385AD. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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Here is an Irish toast: “The Scots have their whisky, the Welsh have their tongue, but the Irish have Paddy, who's second to none! (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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Believe it or not, the color of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue! Back in the 19th century, green came to be used as a symbol for Ireland. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick's Day dish. (Photo by Brian Yarvin/Getty Images)
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