St. Patrick's Day By the Numbers and related media

St. Patrick's Day By the Numbers

St. Patrick's Day By the Numbers

Did you know that 34.7 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry, but nearly 122 million Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Explore the history of this popular holiday with facts about parades, traditions and its religious roots.

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