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Fun St Patrick’s Day Facts


Chicago River Dyed Green In St. Patrick's Day Tradition
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Happy St Patrick’s Day, ya’ll! Hope you’re making plans to join us for the PATTY IN THE PARC festivities at Parc Internationale in downtown Lafayette on March 17.

I realized I don’t know a heck of a lot about St Patrick, or why we celebrate this day every year with green beer, cabbage, corned beef, parades, and of course….more green beer. For insight into St Patrick, and why we love to celebrate this oh – so – Irish holiday, here are a few facts you might not know, from our friends at UPI, and


We honor St Patrick on the date of his death, not his birth


St Patrick is indeed the patron saint of Ireland


St Patrick never chased the snakes out of Ireland – evidence suggests there weren’t that many of the slithery creatures to worry about


St Patrick was not actually born in Ireland, but in part of Great Britain that was controlled by the Roman Empire


The very first St Patrick’s Day Parade rolled in New York City in 1760


In Chicago, Plumbers Union #110 dye the Chicago River Kelly green each St Patrick’s Day, and it lasts for about 5 hours


Over 10 million pints of Guinness beer is consumed on St Patrick’s Day, world wide.


Be sure to designate a driver if you are going to celebrate with some of that tasty green beer, ya’ll!

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