Statistically Speaking

St. Patrick’s Day was last Thursday. People everywhere sported articles of green clothing. Traditional Irish food, such as soda bread, corned beef, and cabbage were in abundance. Originally a religious holiday to honor Saint Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration for all things Irish. Here are some facts about the holiday:

250,000: number of marchers in the 2011 New York St. Patrick's Day parade

13: average number in millions of pints of Guinness consumed on St. Patrick’s Day

390: the year Saint Patrick was born

1737: the year that St. Patrick's Day customs first came to America

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