St. Patrick's Day Fast Facts

Here's a look at St. Patrick's Day, celebrated March 17th of every year.Facts: St. Patrick's Day is the feast ...

Posted: Feb 28, 2018 4:59 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2018 4:59 PM

Here's a look at St. Patrick's Day, celebrated March 17th of every year.

Facts: St. Patrick's Day is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Corned beef and cabbage is a staple at St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Saint Patrick: St. Patrick is called a Christian missionary and the Apostle of Ireland.

Patron saints are chosen to protect the interests of a country, place, group, trade or profession, or activity, and to intercede for them in heaven.

St. Patrick is responsible for converting the people of Ireland to Christianity.

385 AD - Born in Britain, but is not Irish.

At sixteen, he was brought to Ireland as a slave.

He escaped six years later and became a priest.

Following a vision, he returned to Ireland to Christianize the Irish people.

He is credited with having driven the snakes out of Ireland. However, most biologists maintain there never were snakes in Ireland.

March 17, 461 AD - St. Patrick dies.

Ireland: In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday with banks, stores, and businesses closing for the day.

It has primarily been celebrated as a religious holiday.

USA: 1737 - The first St. Patrick's Day celebration in the United States is held in Boston.

According to the US Census, 32.7 million US residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2015. This is more than seven times the population of Ireland (4.6 million).

In the United States, St. Patrick's Day is primarily a secular holiday.

New York City Celebration: March 17, 1762 - The first official parade in New York City is held.

March 17, 2002 - 300,000 marchers and three million spectators make this parade, honoring the heroes and victims of 9/11, the largest parade to date.

March 17, 2011 - The 250th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade is held.

September 4, 2014 - The organizers of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade announce the first ever LGBT group to march in 2015 under their banner. It represents an end to a ban on openly gay groups in the parade.

The parade is held on March 17, unless March 17 falls on a Sunday. When this happens, the parade is held on Saturday the 16th.

The parade marches up 5th Avenue, from 44th to 79th streets. It is often called the world's largest St. Patrick's Day parade.

Chicago Celebration: March 12, 1955 - The first St. Patrick's Day parade is held.

If the 17th falls on a weekday, the parade is held the Saturday before.

The Chicago River is dyed green, with a secret recipe, and the parade begins at noon at the corner of Balbo and Columbus Drive.

Shamrock: Legend has it St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity, by showing an unbeliever the three-leafed plant with one stalk.

Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 159036

Reported Deaths: 3879
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto10563104
Hinds10414204
Harrison7397113
Jackson6655128
Rankin6057107
Lee540396
Madison5120107
Forrest394786
Jones376188
Lauderdale3663147
Lafayette341053
Washington3321108
Lamar301950
Oktibbeha255262
Lowndes252867
Bolivar248084
Panola237353
Neshoba2280122
Marshall225051
Leflore211191
Monroe209778
Pontotoc208131
Lincoln200566
Sunflower194155
Warren183058
Tate180451
Union172926
Copiah170840
Pike166760
Scott161330
Yazoo161340
Itawamba159936
Alcorn159328
Pearl River158969
Coahoma155943
Prentiss154931
Simpson154053
Adams147252
Grenada145445
Leake141844
Holmes134461
Covington130040
Tippah130030
George129525
Winston128726
Hancock127641
Wayne123024
Attala122834
Marion121447
Tishomingo114043
Chickasaw110732
Newton110529
Tallahatchie99427
Clay96127
Clarke94853
Jasper87023
Stone82015
Calhoun79513
Walthall79330
Montgomery78426
Carroll75515
Lawrence74614
Smith74216
Yalobusha74228
Noxubee73317
Perry68726
Tunica63019
Greene62422
Jefferson Davis59617
Claiborne59216
Amite57615
Humphreys55219
Quitman5107
Benton50418
Kemper48018
Webster47714
Wilkinson40722
Jefferson38312
Choctaw3637
Franklin3635
Sharkey32917
Issaquena1214
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 256828

Reported Deaths: 3711
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson34214511
Mobile20299366
Madison13925150
Tuscaloosa13591156
Montgomery12659238
Shelby1095877
Baldwin9163137
Lee792566
Morgan710851
Etowah677467
Calhoun6695121
Marshall665757
Houston548239
DeKalb504738
Cullman472043
St. Clair451857
Limestone447546
Lauderdale436054
Elmore427564
Walker3818111
Talladega374457
Jackson350723
Colbert336443
Blount310043
Autauga287342
Franklin259734
Coffee254115
Dale242054
Dallas232932
Chilton230841
Russell22813
Covington227934
Escambia206131
Tallapoosa189191
Chambers185950
Pike162214
Clarke161819
Marion146136
Winston141924
Lawrence135336
Pickens127720
Geneva12638
Marengo125224
Bibb123938
Barbour120629
Butler118842
Randolph105922
Cherokee105524
Hale99732
Fayette96316
Clay93525
Washington93319
Henry8946
Monroe83811
Lowndes82129
Cleburne79914
Macon76522
Crenshaw72930
Conecuh72414
Lamar7138
Bullock70919
Perry6927
Wilcox64918
Sumter58922
Greene44218
Choctaw43519
Coosa3724
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Overcast
51° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 51°
Columbus
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 52°
Oxford
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 41°
Starkville
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 43°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather