Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Happy St Paddys day, or if you want to try a bit of Irish
This week all the world becomes Irish for a day from Argentina to New Zealand there will be parades to celebrate the day and in Irish Bars all over people of every race will drink green beer.
Here are a few fun facts and trivia, St Patrick was not in fact Irish he was Welsh, Irish people do not neccesarily wear Green on St Paddys day (we don't need to prove we are Irish, we are Irish every day of the year :p), but its traditional to wear Shamrock on your jacket. In Ireland its not a one day celebration its a week long festival. The first annual parade outside of Ireland was in Boston where 24% claim Irish ancestry, but the biggest parade is in New York with over 150,000 taking part.
While beer all over the world is dyed Green, Chicago dyes its river green and Savannah Georgia dyes all its fountains green, but the first colour associated with Patrick was Blue! Nearly 40 million Americans claim Irish ancestry making nine times the actual population of Ireland, second only to those of German ancestry! Probably for this reason president Obama claims Irish ancestry, along with former presidents James Buchanan, Bill Clinton, Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Jackson, John F. Kennedy, William McKinley, Richard Nixon, James K. Polk, Ronald Reagan, Woodrow Wilson.
Here is an advert from Guinness an oldie but a goodie
Posted by Paz at 8:37 AM