Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Pattys day.

Irish I am not. OK I take that back. I think I have a smidgen-and I mean smidgen- of the Irish heritage in my. On my mother's side. Of course my husband said everyone has some. But this morning as we were enjoying an early lunch I actually looked it-sometimes I have to love modern technology.-and sure enough one of my mom's surnames is, wait for it. Irish descent. So I suppose she really wasn't kidding. Though I will not go as far as even saying I have much in me, because in all honesty its so far down the line its nothing to really count.

That being said I totally took this as an excuse to dress up in green. Which was only a pair of socks and a hate. I laugh. I love the color green, you would think my entire wardrobe would consist of it. Then again, I didn't look all that hard. And I am going to the Caps game tonight, so it wasn't like I had plans on wearing green.

Anyways, on this more of comercial holiday here in my neck of the woods, I figured I would share some fun facts about Saint Patrick's Day.

1. 36 million

Americans claim to be of Irish descent. Its the 2nd most reports ancestry, the 1st? German.

2. 24 percent

Of Massachucetts residents claim to be.  And is one of the largest in the country.

3. The first St. Pattys day parade

Was not in Ireland, but in Boston in 1737

4. The Pot of Gold

Is believed that there is one gold coin for every year of a leprechaun’s life in its pot. 

5. Green River

As part of a more than 50-year tradition, the Chicago River turns green for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration. The tradition of dyeing the river green arose by accident when some plumbers used fluorescein dye to trace sources of illegal pollution discharges. The dyeing of the river is still sponsored by the local plumbers union.

Happy St. Pattys day to one and all. Whether you are Irish or just pretend to be for the day....

1 comment:

Jessica | Living La Vida Holoka said...

I'm a speck Irish, too. I did wear my green today, though. I didn't want to get pinched. ;)

Interesting fact about the green river! Happy St. Patty's Day!