St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th. We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to write about the holiday and its origins and traditions. Here are some things from History.com that you may or may not know about this unique holiday:
- Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish. In 2009, roughly 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the United States.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
- More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations.
- 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 and 250,000 marchers take part in the parade, which does not allow automobiles or floats.
- There are several places in the United States named after the shamrock, the floral emblem of Ireland including Mount Gay-Shamrock, WV; Shamrock, TX; Shamrock Lakes, IN; and Shamrock, OK.
- There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
- Irish is the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, ranking behind German.
- There are approximately 144,588 current U.S. residents who were born in Ireland according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
On behalf of Lapel Pins R Us, we want to wish you a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to contact us with your lapel pin needs after you’re done celebrating. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-480-6822 toll-free with your request. We can’t wait to get started on your unique custom lapel pins today.