St. Patrick's Day is a holiday where many join the celebration of the Irish whether they are truly or not Irish themselves. In fact, according to the most recent census data, "33.3 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry, which is seven times Ireland's total population". The more the merrier and greener.
Tomorrow brings a busy day for Michael as he will pipe everywhere from a golf course, to a school he's piped at every St. Patrick's Day morning since his 17 year old daughter attended there at 18 months old, and a few other surprise locations. And of course he will have corned beef and cabbage with family!
Photo Credit: Annalea Meyer Celio // 2016 Vero Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade
St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts:
-This holiday began as a religious feast day for the Patron Saint of Ireland
-The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the US was held in New York City in 1766
-The phrase “drowning the shamrock” is rooted in a tradition in which a shamrock worn on the lapel for St. Patrick's Day was tossed in the last drink of the evening
-The average amount American St. Patrick’s Day revelers will spend this holiday is $36.52 per person, totaling a combined $4.6 billion
-Three is Ireland’s magic number and this is why the shamrock has 2 petals
-St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the pagan Irish
-Blue was previously the color most often associated with St. Patrick. Green was considered unlucky
-In Chicago every year, the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the river “Kelly” green. The dye lasts for about five hours.
Michael wishes everyone a blessed, happy, and safe St. Patrick's Day!
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