St. Patrick's Day is the one day a year where everyone is a little bit Irish but how much do you know about the day...WELL, let's see how you do, and be sure to click the link for all of the info about the Baton Rouge St. Patrick's Day Parade!
1. St. Patrick was not Irish
He was, in fact, from Wales.
2. The shamrock was originally a teaching tool
St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leafed plant to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the pagan Irish. This has not been proven, but a nice sentiment regardless.
3. First St. Patrick's Day parade was in New York
The first first one to roll was in the 1760s.
4. Wear BLUE on St. Patrick's Day?
For many years, blue was the color most often associated with St. Patrick. Green was considered unlucky. St. Patrick's blue was considered symbolic of Ireland for many centuries and the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue.
5. Over 200 years in Sydney, Australia
In 2010, the Sydney Opera House went green to mark the 200th anniversary of St. Patrick's Day there. In Sydney, St Patrick's Day was first marked in 1810, when Lachlan Macquarie, the Governor of New South Wales, provided entertainment for Irish convict workers.
The Chicago Green River
the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the Chicago River "Kelly" green. The dye lasts for about five hours.
Shamrocks at the White House
Traditionally, every year, the Irish leader hands a crystal bowl full of shamrock to the US President. The shamrock, grown in Kerry, is immediately destroyed by the Secret Service after the exchange.
Guinness Beer Sales Soar On St. Patrick's Day
Recent figures show that 5.5 million pints of the black stuff are downed around the world every day. On St. Patrick's Day that figure is doubled.