St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

Happy St. Patrick's Day
  • Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish.
  • Irish soda bread gets its name and distinctive character from the use of baking soda rather than yeast as a leavening agent.
  • Lime green chrysanthemums are often requested for St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations.
  • 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.
  • One of Canada’s longest-running St. Patrick’s Day parades takes place in Montreal, whose city flag include a shamrock.
  • There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry.
  • There are more than 4.5 million Canadian residents with Irish origin.
  • In 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield celebrated St. Patrick’s Day aboard the International Space Station.
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