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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!




1. 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.

2. St. Patrick was a slave and he wasn’t Irish! At the age of 16, Patrick had the misfortune of being kidnapped by Irish raiders who took him away and sold him as a slave. He spent several years in Ireland herding sheep and learning about the people there. At the age of 22, he managed to escape!

3. Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish. In 2009, roughly 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the United States.

4. Irish ranks among the top five ancestries in every state except Hawaii and New Mexico. It is the leading ancestry group in Delaware, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

5. Get  your green on and consider yourself warned: if you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, people are allowed to pinch you (OUCH)! It was believed that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns, who would pinch anyone they could see. Revelers began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder of that belief.

6. Seeing Green! For the past 40 years, the Chicago River has been dyed a brilliant shade of emerald green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Forty pounds of vegetable dye help provide the vibrant hue!

7. Found a four leaf clover?! AWESOME! You will now have good luck and it will render witchcraft powerless! However, you must always carry it with you and never  show it to others, or your luck will fail! (Forget about bad luck. According to the Irish, if a black cat crosses your path in the moonlight, you will die in an epidemic. Yikes)!!!

8. Lucky Charms, a favorite cereal brand among many, young and old, was created in 1963, with its popular mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun.

Hearts, Stars, and Horseshoes
Clovers and Blue moons
Pots of gold and rainbows,
And the red balloon

That’s the luck of me lucky charms!
Their magically delicious!


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