Sunday, March 16, 2014

Some Facts about St Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Okay, so I'm a day early, but tomorrow everyone will be celebrating.  In North Kansas City, the celebration started Saturday with the Snake Saturday parade.  For those of you not familiar with this city it's a suburb of Kansas City, MO.  My hubby and I weren't there for the parade, but I'm sure it was packed because when we came through there after church there were still people in green roaming the sidewalks. 

Saturday was a wonderful day for a parade, but the official Kansas City parade, which is Monday, will not be so sunny.  It will cool (very cool) and windy.  Yep, we can't get away from those March winds.  March madness is going on in our city and big 12 basketball tournament has been going on.  That's not all, Comicon is here, too.  You bet our city is packed with people.  lol

Everyone knows St. Patrick's Day is celebrated each year on March 17, the traditional religious feast day of St. Patrick.

I think most people know corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick's Day dish, but did you know in 2009 roughly 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the United States.

Did you know?  There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry.  This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself. 

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.  

More than 100 St. Patrick's Day parades are held across the United States.  New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations.  At the annual New York City St. Patrick's Day parade, participants march up 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street.  Each year, between 150,000 and 250,000 marchers take part in the parade, which does not allow automobiles or floats.

Facts about Irish Americans:  There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry.  This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.  Irish is the nations second most frequently reported ancestry, ranking behind German.

Across the country, 11 percent of residents lay claim to Irish ancestry.  That number more than doubles to 23 percent in the state of Massachusetts.  Irish is the most common ancestry in 54 U.S. counties of which 44 are in the Northeast.  Middlesex County in Massachusetts tops the list with 348, 978 Irish Americans, followed by Norfolk County, MA, which has 203,285.

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.

There are approximately 144,588 current U.S. residents who were born in Ireland. 

This information came from the history channel.  For more information go to 

Have a fun St. Patrick's Day!  Stay safe!

Have a great week, and I'll see you next Sunday.

Sandra K. Marshall


K.T. Bishop said...

I always enjoy your blogpost

Sandy said...

Thank you, K.T. I appreciate you coming by.

Melissa Keir said...

What an interesting post. I'm only Irish for St. Patrick's Day but I'm Welsh all year long. :) (And Romania, English and Swiss)

The city of Chicago turned their river Green in honor of the holiday! I'd love to see some of those parades. Maybe next year!

Sandy said...

Thank you, Melissa. I have always loved celebrating St. Patrick's Day, but I don't have any Irish blood in me. I'm a mutt. lol Hubby is Irish.

I hope you get your wish next year.

Kari Rogers Miller said...

Interesting facts Sandy...and on St. Patrick's Day, the Irish population has a huge influx of Irish people! haha....good for them even if they are only Irish for a day!

I am Irish...even though the bright red hair has turned to is still the top 'o'the mornin' to ye and may the wind be always at your back! ;)


Marianne Stephens said...

I didn't know that the US has more Irish Americans than Ireland's population. But then, the US is such a mixture of ethnic/cultural backgrounds!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sandy said...

Top 'O'the morning to ye, Kari.

I thought that was interesting to know about the Irish Americans population, Marianne.