On March 17, millions of people across the United States, Irish or not, will revel in the celebration of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Here are some numbers that look at the history, the money, and the fun that make up St. Paddy’s. Slainte!
- 255: The number of years the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade has been held.
- Over 40 years: The length of time that the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers have turned the Chicago River emerald green for the St. Patrick's Day celebration.
- 21: The number of years Ireland itself has held a St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
- 125 million: Estimated number of Americans who plan to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
- 35 million: The number of Americans who claim Irish descent.
- 103 million: Estimated number of people who plan to wear green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, according to NRF.
- 150: The number of bands that will perform in the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- 70 percent: Percent of 18- to 24-year-olds who plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in 2016, according to NRF.
- 35 percent: Percent of people 65 or older who plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in 2016, according to NRF.
- Nearly $500,000: The amount of donations the annual NYC’s St. Patrick's Day Parade has received from donors like Ford Motor Co., Tourism Ireland, Guinness, and more in 2016 as of March 7.
- $4.44 billion: The amount Americans are expected to collectively spend on St. Patrick's Day in 2016, according to NRF.
- $39.35: The amount an average American is projected to spend on St. Patrick’s Day-related goods and services, according to NRF.
- 56.5 percent: Percentage of Americans who plan to purchase food and beverages to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, about double that of the next closest item: clothing.
- 111,060: The Guinness Book of World record for the largest collection of four leaf clovers. It belongs to Edward Martin Sr. from Cooper Landing, Alaska.
- 1970: The year Ireland changed St. Patrick’s Day from a religious to a national holiday, allowing alcohol to be served on March 17th.
Patrick Smith and Daniel Sircar contributed to this report.