Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick's Day (March 17): 2013
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.
(Media-Newswire.com) - 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. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948. Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1995, and the president issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion each year.
41% Percentage of employed civilian Irish-Americans 16 or older who worked in management, professional and related occupations. Additionally, 25.9 percent worked in sales and office occupations; 16.0 percent in service occupations; 9.3 percent in production, transportation and material moving occupations; and 7.8 percent in construction, extraction, maintenance and repair occupations. Source: 2011 American Community Survey <http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/S0201//popgroup~541>
13 Number of places in the United States that share the name of Ireland's capital, Dublin. The most populous of these places is Dublin, Calif., with a population of 43,572. Source: 2011 American Community Survey
Other appropriate places in which to spend the day: the township of Irishtown, Ill., several places or townships named Clover ( in South Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin ) and the township of Cloverleaf, Minn.
Irish Imports and Celebrations! In the month of St. Patrick's Day, the value of U.S. imports of beer made from malt increased, going from $288,073,597 in February 2012 to $374,076,005 in March 2012; in April of that same year the value of beer imports went back down to $334,769,134. Source: U.S. Census Bureau: Foreign Trade Division USA Trade ® Online U.S. Import and Export Merchandise trade <https://www.usatradeonline.gov/> <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/>
The pattern was the same for nonalcoholic beer. The value of its U.S. imports increased, going from $1,114,450 in February 2012 to $1,234,910 in March 2012; in April of that same year the value of nonalcoholic beer imports went back down to $1,173,111. Source: U.S. Census Bureau: Foreign Trade Division USA Trade ® Online U.S. Import and Export Merchandise trade <https://www.usatradeonline.gov/>
$532.1 million The total value of alcoholic beverages except wine and related products imported from Ireland in 2011 to the United States. The total amount of wine and related products imported from Ireland in 2011 to the U.S. was $6.0 million. Source: Foreign Trade Division <https://www.usatradeonline.gov/>
$2.8 billion and $28.6 million Value of beef and cabbage imported to the U.S. in 2011. Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick's Day dish. Source: Foreign Trade Division <https://www.usatradeonline.gov/>
Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series:
African-American History Month ( February ) Super Bowl Valentine's Day ( Feb. 14 ) Women's History Month ( March ) Irish-American Heritage Month ( March )/ St. Patrick's Day ( March 17 ) Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month ( May ) Older Americans Month ( May ) Cinco de Mayo ( May 5 ) Mother's Day Hurricane Season Begins ( June 1 ) Father's Day The Fourth of July ( July 4 ) Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act ( July 26 ) Back to School ( August ) Labor Day Grandparents Day Hispanic Heritage Month ( Sept. 15-Oct. 15 ) Unmarried and Single Americans Week Halloween ( Oct. 31 ) American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month ( November ) Veterans Day ( Nov. 11 ) Thanksgiving Day The Holiday Season ( December )
Editor’s note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: <PIO@census.gov>.
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