Holla if you like green beer! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day from DrJays.com!)
The streets of New York City are looking green and smelling like booze, as tourists and locals are out and about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
NYC is home to the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which took place along Fifth Avenue today and brought a crowd of over 250,000 attendees.
Check out The Huffington Post’s list of the 10 must-know facts on St. Patrick’s Day:
1. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in 1737 in Boston.
2. Saint Patrick was not Irish by birth. He was a Romano-Briton Christian missionary born in England.
3. It did not become a national holiday in Ireland in 1903 and the first parade wasn’t held in Dublin until 1931.
4. An estimated 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed on St. Patrick’s Day 2010, according to a Guinness spokesman.
5. St. Patrick’s true given name was Maewyn Succat
6. The color originally associated with St. Patrick was blue; green became associated during the 19th century.
7. According to legend, Saint Patrick was known for banishing dangerous animals from Ireland—in particular, snakes.
8. St. Patrick’s celebrations were originally religious festivals.
9. There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are Irish in Ireland (36 million Americans claimed Irish ancestry in 2008; the population of Ireland was 4.4 million at the time).
10. There are four places in the United States named Shamrock (West Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Oklahoma) and nine named Dublin. (Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio are most populous.)
How are you celebrating the day? Whatever you’re up to, make sure to be safe and have fun!
Source: The Huffington Post