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Monday, March 15, 2010

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IU's Indiana Business Research Center offers interesting facts for St. Patrick's Day 2010

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March 15, 2010

EDITORS: Tanya J. Hall, an economic research analyst at the IBRC, is available to discuss the data presented in this release and can be reached at 812-855-5507 or

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Just in time for the parades and other celebrations for St. Patrick's Day on Wednesday (March 17), here are some interesting facts about this Irish holiday from the Indiana Business Research Center in Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into a celebration for all things Irish. The world's first St. Patrick's Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. The parade became an annual event, with other cities around the globe featuring parades and other unique ways of celebrating the Irish holiday.

Kiss Me, I'm Irish:

Irish-Americans Today:

Celebrating Irish-style:

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