This year, nearly 122 million Americans will join together in celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. Celebrations range from wearing shamrock earrings; to choking down traditional Saint Patrick’s Day fare (Shamrock Shakes, of course!); to watching a parade, to swilling excessive amounts of green-tinted, macro-brewed American beer — in which case the “celebration” continues to be felt the next morning. Roughly 200,000 marchers will participate in New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade. The people of Chicago will dump 40 pounds of dye into the Chicago River to turn it green for the day (it’s debatable as to what color the river is “naturally”).
What is this all for?