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St. Patrick's Day is Big Business
There are some big numbers behind St. Patrick's Day in the U.S. (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 365)
Mar 16, 2017 Culture & Entertainment
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Early Irish-American immigrants couldn't foresee the St. Patrick's Day celebrations of today: Every year, millions of people don ginger wigs, green jackets and shamrock-adorned top hats. Hoards of drunken people elbow their way to the bar for another green Bud Light.

After all, 19th Century immigrants celebrated St. Patrick's Day - always March 17 on the Feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, as a way to honour their heritage while embracing their new homeland. It often came with parades, food and a little bit of partying.

It wasn't until later on that St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in Ireland. There it's a national holiday, with schools and government buildings closed. Eamonn McGrath, a native Irishman and executive director of the Irish Cultural Centre of New England, equates the day to the Fourth of July, where people spend time with family, attend a special Catholic mass, drink, eat and go to a parade.

McGrath claims St. Patrick's Day is "more raucously and widely" celebrated outside of Ireland than inside, a phenomenon he said makes sense. "All people with Irish heritage" he said, "long for home."

With an estimated 13 million pints of Guinness consumed around the world every day - enough to fill two and half Olympic-sized swimming pools, St. Patrick's Day is a pretty big deal. The luck of the Irish will likely extend to plenty of retailers and restaurants across the U.S. this Saint patrick's Day, as more than 139 million Americans, over 56% of the population, plan to celebrate the Irish holiday and plan to spend on it. 82.5% of people celebrating will wear green and on average spending is close to $40 per head, with total U.S. spending this year expected to reach $5.3 billion. This is the highest level ever recorded in the survey's 13-year history and represents a considerable increase on 2016's $4.4 billion.

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), St. Patrick's Day is most popular among those aged 18-24 with 77% of people in that younger age groups celebrating the day. But consumers in the 25-34 range will shell out the most cash overall, with an average spend of $46.55 per head.

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