15 St. Patrick's Day facts that might surprise you

On St. Patrick’s Day, the whole world gets to be Irish.

Financial website WalletHub put together an infographic that highlights some of the most interesting facts about how Americans spend St. Paddy’s Day.

For instance, did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth most popular drinking day in America? Or that cabbage shipments increase 70% in the week leading up to the big day? Keep reading for more fun facts about the holiday.


Chicago dumps 45 pounds of green dye into the river every St. Patrick’s Day.

Don’t worry, it’s just vegetable dye.


Over half of Americans plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year — 60% to be exact.

The population of Irish Americans is seven times the population of Ireland.


And 83% of those celebrating plan to rock some green.

Even though St. Patrick’s traditional colour is blue.


Wallethub estimates that $US5.9 billion will be spent in the name of the Emerald Isle this year.

Wikimedia CommonsThe crowd outside an Irish pub.

To put that in perspective, the average person spends $US40 during their celebrations.

Dennis Crowley/flickrThat can’t be cheap.

That includes buying green accessories for the perfect leprechaun-inspired outfit.


That’s a lot of Guinness — 13 million pints to be exact.

Guinness is served 819% more often on St. Patrick’s Day than any other day of the year.


All that Guinness adds up. St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth most popular drinking day in America.

It’s only behind New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and the Fourth of July.


But be careful to keep your alcohol consumption in check. 60 people were killed in drunk driving crashes on March 17, 2016.

Flickr via lendog64Shots all around.

It’s such a problem that Uber has stepped up to try and discourage people from getting behind the wheel by providing promo codes.


That’s approximately one fatal crash every 36 minutes.

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty ImagesStick to walking.

It’s a better idea to stay on the footpath.


And 75% of those fatal car crashes involved someone who had at least twice the legal limit in their blood system.

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesThe NYPD gets in the spirit.

Seriously, just don’t drink and drive. Police are everywhere.


Besides drinking, Irish food also plays a part in the festivities. Cabbage shipments increase 70% in the week leading up to the big day.

In New Orleans, the St. Patrick’s Day parade substitutes cabbage for beads.


Over 30% of Americans celebrate by preparing a traditional Irish meal.

Besides cabbage and corned beef, people also bake Irish soda bread and Shepherd’s pie.


Irish-Americans are all over the country. There are 193 cities in America with an Irish population of 10% or more.

Irish people are all around you.


And there are 16 cities named Dublin across the country.

Wikimedia CommonsThe Dublin Public Library in California.

But none do St. Patrick’s Day like the original.


Americans have been celebrating this day for 281 years — the first St. Paddy’s Day parade was in 1737, in Boston, MA.

Scott Eisen/Getty ImagesThe Boston parade today.

The Boston parade wasn’t just the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the US – it was the first one in the entire world. Ireland didn’t join the fun until years later.

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