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St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts

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Chicago, Illinois has a history of varying temperatures for St. Patrick's Day, anywhere from 0 to 82 degrees.   This year, St. Patrick's Day organizers were concerned about ice on the river.   Parade Organizer Steve Bailey says there was ice on the river where the normal dying takes place.   Thanks to warmer temperatures, the green has spread to every part of the river.  The annual tradition began in 1962 and has been running green ever since. 

Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick's day:

St. Patrick is the patron saint and also the national apostle of Ireland.   Many credit ST. Patrick with bringing christianity to Ireland. 

So, why the shamrock?   St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the non-believers

There are more Irish in the United States than in Ireland.   It is estimated that 34-million Americans have Irish ancestry.   Right now, there are 4.2 million people living in Ireland.

Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are:   About 1 in 10,000.

If you want to celebrate, try eating green foods.   Examples:  pesto sauce, pistachios, key lime pie, asparagus and green apples. 



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