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Colt’s Commentary – March

St. Patrick’s Day is in one week, so Colt thought he would share some fun facts about this colorful holiday.

  • What to wear?
    • The color that was originally associated with St. Patrick was not green, it was blue.
    • Why don’t you see anyone dressed in head-to-toe blue attire while drinking blue beverages? It is said that St. Patrick used the three leaves of the shamrock in his teachings. Since the shamrock is green and the color green is heavily connected to Ireland, the tradition of having green everything on St. Patrick’s Day became popular, but not until the 18th century.
  • Speaking of everything green…
    •  It takes more than 40lbs of dye to turn the Chicago River green each year and the color lasts for just a few hours.
    • This tradition started in 1962 when 100lbs of the dye was used. This caused the river to stay green for a week!
  • Leprechauns 
    • Leprechauns are celebrated on St. Patrick’s day, but they also have their own holiday on May 13th as well. 
    • The tales of leprechauns have been around since before the color Green was incorporated into St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and the mythical creatures used to be known to wear red.

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