Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick’s Day Revelers Cut Down On Celebrations

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Given the current economy, it’s no surprise that St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17) revelers are cutting down on the celebrations this year.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are more likely to stash their pot o’ gold than blow it on the Irish holiday.

A recent survey found that the 44.1 percent of people celebrating St. Paddy’s Day will spend an average of $32.80 on decorations, food and beverage, and festive attire this year, compared to an average of $35.04 in 2008.

Still, total spending is expected to reach $3.29 billion.

The group that’ll spend the most on St. Patrick’s Day are revelers between the ages of 25 and 34, who’ll throw down an average of $39.42 greenbacks per person.

Among the ways Americans will celebrate St. Paddy’s on a budget? 81.9 percent will don green, while 33.3 percent make a special dinner.

About 21.8 percent will decorate their home or office for the holiday, and 29.7 percent will head to a bar or restaurant to celebrate.

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