Here are the St Patrick's Day Statistics for Peoria & Springfield, IL.
St Patrick's Day Statistics for Peoria since 1893
Saint Patrick's Day (also known as St Paddy's or St Patty's Day) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17. It commemorates Saint Patrick ( 387–461 AD), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early 17th century, and has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture. The day is characterised by wearing of green attire, Irish parades and Irish folk music, displaying shamrocks, consuming Irish drinks, and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol, which is often proscribed during the rest of the lenten season observed between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by those of Irish descent, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. St. Patrick's Day is probably the most widely celebrated saints day in the world.