Posted on March 17 2016
It’s no secret that everyone loves throwing on green clothes on March 17th and being Irish for the day. Hopefully everyone who partakes in on the fun knows that the day originated with a saint and some snakes in Ireland. Now the day is all about drinking green beer and watching the big parades.
But really, how much else do we actually know about St. Patrick’s Day? To ensure that we can all at least sound a little knowledgeable, the Yo Sox team rounded up the most interesting facts about March 17th that are guaranteed to impress your friends.
1. St. Patrick's real name wasn't actually Patrick. According to Irish legend, his birth name was actually Maewyn Succat, or in Latin, Magonus Succetus. He took on the name of Patrick when he became a priest.
2. The patron saint of Ireland wasn't even Irish. St. Patrick, the advocate of Ireland, was actually born in, what was then, Old Kilpatrick, Scotland.
3. The very first St Patrick's Day parade took place in New York in the 1760s. The first parade in Dublin later took place in 1931.
4. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is actually the longest running civilian parade in the world.
5. America has more Irish residents than Ireland. There are 4.5 million people living in Ireland, but over 34 million Americans who are part Irish — it's no wonder there's so much celebrating in the U.S. come St. Patrick's Day.
6. Each year, over 13 million pints of Guinness are expected to be consumed on St. Patrick's Day.
7. The shamrock, or clover are associated with St. Patrick’s Day and people often spend the day trying to find the elusive four-leaf clover. If trying to find a four-leaf clover wasn't hard enough already, there's actually a 1 in 10,000 chance of finding one, so good luck!
8. Although green is the colour that we typically associate with Ireland and St Patrick's Day, blue was considered symbolic of the country for many years.
9. In fact, the Irish Presidential Standard still remains blue to this day. Green is actually considered unlucky in Ireland, because it was associated with mischievous spirits. Regardless, everyone will still end up wearing green, so the Yo Sox team recommends rocking a pair of awesome socks in a green shade.