Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Did you start the day with green eggs and ham? And do you plan to end it with some green beer? Whatever way you choose to celebrate, we at TB Reporter wish everyone a good St. Patrick’s Day!
TAMPA BAY – “What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green,” according to history.com.
History.com offers these facts (and more) about the day:
- There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
- 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 U.S.
- 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.
- St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years.
For information about St. Patrick’s Day, go to history.com.
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