St. Patrick's Day: 15 Little-Known Facts & Stats

When you think of St. Patrick's Day, what comes to mind?

Many people think of shamrocks, bright green clothes and accessories, leprechauns, pots of gold, green beer, and various other holiday symbols and hilarities. However, there's more to this holiday than meets the eye. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks title company is using this week's blog to reveal some things you might not have known about this lucky holiday.

St. Patrick's Day Facts

1.  Saint Patrick wasn't Irish. He became famous for introducing Christianity to Ireland, but he was born in Britain.

2.  In traditional Irish folktales, there are no female leprechauns.

3.  According to legend, Saint Patrick is credited with driving all of the snakes out of Ireland. However, the truth is that snakes never existed in Ireland because the climate is too cold for them to survive there.

4.  "Patrick" is not his original name. Before he changed it, the man we now know as Saint Patrick was named Maewyn Succat.

5.  The St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City attracts over 250,000 participants.

6.  The city of Chicago uses 45 pounds of vegetable-based dye to turn the Chicago River green every year in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Before it is used, the dye comes in the form of orange powder. The river only stays green for about five hours before the color fades.

7.  According to legend, shamrocks first became associated with St. Patrick's Day because Saint Patrick used them to illustrate the Holy Trinity - three connected but separate entities that make up a whole.

8.  The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in Boston (not Ireland). The first parade was held in 1737.

9.  Saint Patrick was originally brought to Ireland as a slave.

10.  There are 16 cities in the U.S. named Dublin.

11.  The original color of the holiday was blue, not green. All original images of Saint Patrick depict him wearing a light shade of blue. The holiday's official color did not become green until the late 1700s, when the holiday was linked to Ireland's independence movement.

St. Patrick's Day Stats

WalletHub just released a report with several statistics about the celebrations that take place on St. Patrick's Day every year. Here are a few of the numbers that stood out to us:

1.  An estimated 5.3 billion dollars will be spent on St. Patrick's Day.

2.  The average individual celebrating St. Patrick's Day will spend $38.

3.  13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed on St. Patrick's Day.

4.  33.5 million Americans have Irish ancestry.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

No matter how you decide to celebrate this fun holiday, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable time! Please remember to always designate a sober driver as you prepare for your festivities. Let's make it a safe, fun holiday weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Happy St. Patrick's Day from your friends at Arrowhead Title, Inc.!

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