We'll take the honor.
According to Niche, a content startup founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as CollegeProwler.com, Pittsburgh ranks as the top city to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Queue Pittsburgh's reaction:
But in all seriousness, as one Post-Gazette staff member said, "About time we get our due."
This could also explain why Guinness is the most talked-about beer among fans when it comes to watching Steelers games.
So what did Niche take into account when creating their list?
The site lists:
- Access to bars: A combination of bars per 1,000 residents and bars per square mile (Carries 35% weight)
- St. Patrick’s Day Facebook hype: Percentage of residents interested in the topic "St. Patrick's Day" on Facebook compared to the percentage of residents on Facebook (Carries 35% weight)
- Percent Irish: Percentage of the population that identifies as, well, Irish (Carries 20% weight)
- Parade: The year the city's first St. Patrick's Day was held (Carries 10% weight)
Other factors that played a role were that a city had to have a population of at least 100,000 residents, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade had to be at least 25 years old, and the city had to have a positive "Facebook Hype." (This last factor disqualified large cities like San Francisco and New York City — in other words, get more social online, people.)
In the list, Chicago took the 10th spot, with a 6.9% Irish population, an A+ grade for access to bars, 1843 as the year their parade was established, and 16% St. Patrick’s Day Facebook hype.
Among other regional cities on the list are Cleveland, Ohio, at No. 8 (8.0% Irish population, A+ access to bars grade, parade established in 1867, and 75% St. Patrick’s Day Facebook hype) and Philadelphia at No. 5 (11.3% Irish population, A+ access to bars grade, parade established in 1771, and 27% St. Patrick’s Day Facebook hype).
Pittsburgh, of course, took the top spot with a 13.5% Irish population, A+ in access to bars grade, 1869 as the year our parade was established, and an impressive 136% St. Patrick’s Day Facebook hype (though, gotta say, not as impressive as No. 6 Savannah, Ga.'s 567% Facebook hype).
Boston — who many will probably argue deserves the top spot — came in second.
But as we like to say:
The full list can be found here.
Until then, get your green ready — there's no excuse for this.