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Saint Patrick's Day by the numbers

Saint Patrick's Day by the numbers

A look at some numbers relating to St. Patrick Day, Irish heritage and Hibernian lore in popular culture provides an array of ways to ponder the significance of the day when green is the new black. 17th Century: The holiday became an official religious feast day of the Catholic Church in the early 17th century, before evolving into a cultural celebration of Irish heritage. In Ireland, St. Patrick Day is celebrated as an official public holiday, with schools, businesses and offices closed in observance. 1762: The first American St. Patrick's Day parade is held in New York City by Irish soldiers serving in the British army. Today, the parade features between 150,000 and 250,000...

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