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Use these facts to wow your fellow party goers this March 17th.
St. Patrick Was Born in Britain
Born during the 5th century AD, the future Patron Saint was kidnapped and brought to Ireland at the age of 16 as a working slave. He escaped captivity but later returned to Ireland after being inspired to spread Christianity to the land.
Patrick Wasn’t His Original Name
Saint Patrick was born “Maewyn Succat.” He changed his name to “Patricius” after he became a priest. A good move for us all, as St. Succat’s Day doesn’t have quite the same ring.
Ireland Was Snake Free Before St. Patrick
Although credited with driving snakes from the Emerald Isle, the truth is that Ireland has been snake free since before the last Ice Age. The climate of that time was too cold for reptiles to survive, and the ocean helped keep snakes at bay once things warmed up.
In this case, driving snakes from Ireland is a metaphor for driving away paganists.
We Should Be Wearing Blue
Originally, the chosen color of St. Patrick’s Day was “Saint Patrick’s blue,” a lighter shade of blue. Green became a fixture of the holiday in the late 18th century after being associated with the Irish independence movement.
The First US Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day Is Hotly Contested
Boston is credited with hosting the first observance of St. Patrick’s Day way back in 1737. The first recorded parade was in New York in 1766. Philadelphia is credited with hosting the first documented St. Patrick’s Day celebration in 1771.
Other notable historical celebrations include Savannah’s (started in 1824), Chicago (1843) and New Orleans (1809).
There’s Something to Be Said About Smaller Celebrations
Giant parades aren’t every city’s style. From 1999 to 2007, the Irish town of Dripsey laid claim to the shortest Patty’s day parade in the world at 26 yards. The route spanned the distance between two popular pubs. Today Hot Springs, Arkansas holds the title of the shortest parade route at 98 feet. Fun fact, this year’s parade will be hosted by none other than “NSYNC” legend Joey Fatone
There is No Corn in Corned Beef
This one took us by surprise. Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day staple. However, the name comes not from the grain corn, but instead from the large chunks of salt that were historically used to cure meats back in ye’ olden times.
There’s No Shortage of Guinness For Revelers
Worldwide, 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed on March 17th. Other popular drinks include Murphy’s Cider, Smethwick’s, and Jameson Whiskey. The average partier will spend $38 to aid in their celebration, which totals to an overall spending of $5.3 billion dollars.
If you’re planning on going big, be sure to cab or Uber it home. Remember to drink responsibly.
Whether You’re Irish or Not, You Can Still Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with EcoPro
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