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16 Facts About St. Patrick's Day That'll Make You Say "Whoooooaaaa, No Way?!"

St. Patrick's real name was Maewyn Succat.

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5. All the pubs in Ireland used to close on St. Patrick's Day

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The big day was considered a religious holiday in Ireland, which meant bars and pubs were closed for business. This changed in the 1970s, when the celebration officially became a national holiday instead.


12. ...But that couldn't have been too hard, because snakes never lived on the island!


After the Ice Age, Ireland was just too cold for snakes, so there weren't any there for the saint to banish! But hey, take all the credit you can get, right Maewyn?


13. St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday in the Caribbean, too

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The Caribbean island of Montserrat is the only country other than Ireland to officially list St. Paddy's Day as a national holiday. The island has strong historical ties with Ireland, so it's no wonder the tradition took off!

16. And finally, the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade takes about 30 seconds to walk


It's held in the village of Dripsey in Cork, Ireland. The route is about 25 yards (or 23 meters) long, and stretches between two of the village's pubs.

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