When did the first St. Patrick's Day parade take place? And just how much corned beef and cabbage is consumed in the U.S. each year? Find out how many Americans trace their lineage to Ireland and more fun facts about St. Patrick's Day food and traditions.
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On March 17, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in the United States and abroad with parades, feasts and lots of green.
From shamrocks to leprechauns see how the symbols of St. Patrick's Day came to be part of the holiday.
America received large waves of European immigrants during the colonial era, the mid-19th century and from 1880 to 1920.
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Did You Know?
There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
When is St. Patrick's Day?
St. Patrick's Day takes place each year on March 17, the traditional religious feast day of Saint Patrick.
In 2013, St. Patrick's day falls on a Sunday.
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