WASHINGTON, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, MARCH 17: ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Profile America -- Thursday, March 17th. This is a day to check your closet and make sure you wear something green -- it's St. Patrick's Day, said to be the only national holiday observed outside its native land. The observance honors Bishop Patrick, born in England, who brought Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, using a shamrock to illustrate divinity. The day has been marked in America since it was a colony. New York City's huge parade has taken place every year since 1762. The greatest number of Irish immigrants arrived in the U.S. in the middle of the 19th century, when the home country was reeling from the potato famine. Now, almost 37 million Americans claim Irish descent -- more than eight times the population of Ireland itself. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 150, 176
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB11-FF.03
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau