2017 St. Patrick's Day Facts and Figures
- Total US consumer spending on St. Patrick's Day is about $4.4
- Average spend per person: $35
- Spending has been fairly consistent over the past 10 years,
dipping in the 2009 recession, but otherwise around $35 per
- According to the US Census and Forbes Magazine, 22 million
Americans (about 7.2% of the population) say their “primary
ancestry” is Irish,
- Another 13.5 million Americans claim at least some Irish
- 35 million Americans or about 11% of the population can
therefore claim to be of Irish descent.
- Most live in the northeast, from NJ and NY north to Maine.
- Massachusetts can claim to be the home to the most of Irish
Traditional Foods, Beer and Symbolism
- It is traditional to wear green and eat corned beef and
- 26.4 billion and 2.3 billion U.S. beef and cabbage
production, respectively, in pounds, in 2010.
- Irish beer, particularly Guiness is popular. Guinness sales
soar on St. Patrick’s Day.
- The shamrock,
pot-of-gold and leprechans are associated with St.
Patrick’s Day. .
- Leprechauns are
also symbolic of Ireland. They are small Irish fairies, dressed
like the Keebler elves, with pointed shoesa green vest and hat.
Patrick was not Irish, he was from Scotland.
- St. Patrick’s Day is an annual feast day always on March
17th, celebrating the
patron saint the day is named after.
- St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland
- St. Patrick is
credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people.
- It is an Irish
tradition to pinch anyone who is not wearing green on St.
- Irish immigrants first started celebrating St. Patrick's Day
in Boston in 1737.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was
held in New York City in 1766.
- Anyone can be Irish on St. Patrick's Day by wearing green and joining in the celebration.
- For many years, the official and traditional color of
Ireland and St. Patrick was blue. Green was actually considered unlucky.
Presidential Standard is still blue.
- In Chicago every
year, the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the river one of
the cshades of green associated with Ireland, “Kelly” green.
The dye lasts for about five hours.
US Census Bureau
National Retail Federation
National Agricultural Statistics Service