56.1% of all Americans Celebrated St. Patrick’s Day
The most common form of celebrating the day is the wearin’ of the green. 82.5% of those who celebrated wore green. On average, we spent $38 on St. Patty’s day on green apparel, green beer and green props. Collectively, we spent $5.3 billion! That’s up from the past three years.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Guinness Beer
Americans drink more of the Irish beer, Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day than any other day of the year. How much did we drink? 13 million pints! St. Patrick’s Day is the 4th most popular day of drinking in America. New Year’s Eve is number one with Christmas and 4th of July beating out St. Patty.
And……We Ate Corned Beef and Cabbage
31.4% of all Americans celebrated the holiday with a special meal of some type to celebrate the day. Most likely, it was corned beef and cabbage. St. Patrick’s Day gives cabbage farmers a boost with a 70% increase in demand for cabbage.
Chicago Sets Tradition
The very first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in Chicago in 1956. That was five years before Chicago started turning its river green for St. Patrick’s Day by dumping 45 pounds of vegetable based dye into the river. The harmless dye lasts for about five hours. The idea was hatched by Stephen Bailey who realized the dye, typically used to detect leaks was a perfect Irish green.