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The 2011 St. Patrick's Day Festivities have begun with a bang in Savannah, Georgia. Recognized as one of the largest St. Patrick's Day celebrations in America, Savannah invites everyone out to join in the fun-filled festivities. With the Greening of the Forsyth Park Fountain to the 187th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, Savannah has something for the whole family. To add some green fun from KeytoSavannah.com, here are a few facts you may or may not know about the St. Patrick's Day holiday!
Did you know…
- St. Patrick's Day is celebrated annually on March 17th.
- La Fheile Padraig is Irish for St. Patrick's Day.
- In 2008, 36.5 million U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry, which is eight times the Ireland population of 4.5 million!
- St. Patrick's Day did not become a National holiday in Ireland until __________? Do you know?
- Over 100 St. Patrick's Day parades take place each year in America.
- The first Ireland St. Patrick's Day parade took place in Dublin in 1931.
- Corn beef and Cabbage is the traditional Irish meal associated with St. Patrick's Day.
- Common St. Patrick's Day symbols include: the Celtic cross, the shamrock, the snake, and Leprechauns.
- Four places in the U.S. are named after the St. Patrick's Day symbol: the shamrock. Can you identify which Shamrock is NOT one of the four places?
- Saint Patrick was not born an Irishman. Do you know where Saint Patrick was born?
- Today, green is the color associated with St. Patrick's Day festivities. What was the original color associated with St. Patrick's Day?
- Kevin Barry's and Molly McPherson's are two Irish, Savannah Pubs you must visit during the St. Patrick's Day festivities for great drinks and eats.
- Saint Patrick's birth, given name was _____________, not Patrick. Can you guess?
- Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade is considered one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in America. Do you know the year this Savannah tradition began?
For a full list of St. Patrick's Day festivities in Savannah, CLICK HERE.
By: Brianne Baggett