March 17, 2016 : WASHINGTON

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 17: St. Patrick's Day

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Profile America -- Thursday, March 17th. This is a day when people of all ethnicities are cheerfully encouraged to wear something green. It is St. Patrick's Day, a rare national holiday observed outside its native land. The day honors Bishop Patrick, born in England, who brought Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, using a shamrock to illustrate divinity. The celebration here goes back to Colonial times. New York City's parade has taken place every year since 1762, and today is the largest such event in the nation. 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, over 33.1 million Americans claim Irish descent, over seven times the population of Ireland itself. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:
Occasion/accessed 12/24/2015: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/858491/Saint-Patricks-Day
Irish ancestry: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_14_1YR_S0201&prodType=table
Population of Ireland/accessed 12/24/2015: http://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/pme/populationandmigrationestimatesapril2015/#.VMvJyGOa_ow

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

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