POSTED: Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:04am
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — As you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, chew on these fun facts about the holiday.
• The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick's Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.
• The very first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.
• The phrase, "Drowning The Shamrock" is from the custom of floating the shamrock on the top of whiskey before drinking it. The Irish believe that if you keep the custom, then you will have a prosperous year.
• Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
• Many bars in the United States, and abroad, serve green beer to celebrate St. Patty's Day.
• St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.