St. Patty's Day is fast approaching. How will you be celebrating? And what are you willing to spend to get the most out of the greenest day of the year?
Bloomberg reports that Americans annually spend an average of $38.94 on St. Patrick's Day, or about $4.5 billion, according to research by BigInsight, which tracks consumer spending.
That money is collectively put toward a host of celebratory gear like "Kiss Me I'm Irish" pins, shirts, green top hats, shamrock stickers, and of course, the bar tab.
"Beer brewers this year will earn about $245 million, or 1 percent of annual U.S. beer sales, from sales made on St. Patrick's Day, according to IbisWorld." But that's hardly all. More than 1 million North Americans head to Ireland every year, spending about $955.3 million. That's money toward airlines, hotels, and others within the tourism industry.
There are also parades. Notably, Boston's annual Patrick's Day parade is a spectacle in itself. The four-hour parade celebration attracts visitors from across the globe. According to the Parade Committee's 501(c)(3) filing, the 2010 parade budget exceeded $440,000.
Similarly, New York City's annual Patrick's Day parade, which attracts about 1.5 million viewers along 5th avenue and 200,000 marchers, is an expensive celebration. Bloomberg reports, "the Parade Committee spent about $530,000, according to its tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3) filing. The impact on New York: $250 million in tax revenue." New York also paints a green line down Fifth Avenue, a nice touch that costs about $9,000.
Other parades, like in Savannah, Ga. and Chicago, Il., expect a large turnout and a large bill. "Kevin Sherlack, coordinator for the Chicago downtown parade, expects costs for security and sanitation to be about $10,000," as well as "$40,000 to cover trash cleanup, street sweeping and the installation and removal of barricades." Chicago doesn't stop there: "Chicago dyes its river an emerald green, pouring about 40 pounds of an environmentally friendly fluorescent dye into the river. The cost, which the WXRT radio station pays, comes to about $1,500."
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In all, the St. Patrick's Day bill is still smaller compared to other major holidays. Valentines Day claims $17.6 billion from consumers, and Halloween brings in $6.9 billion. But it is still a substantial burst of consumer spending.
As St. Patrick's Day is an annual tradition, not a surprise event, the holiday is assumed to be already be priced into the stocks that benefit from celebrations. Still, here's a list of stocks the Kapitall team has put together to highlight those seasonal benefits. (Click here to access free, interactive tools to analyze these ideas.)
1. Anheuser-Busch InBev
3. Ryanair Holdings: Provides passenger airline services in Ireland, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and Morocco. Ryanair airlines has its head office in Dublin, and offers several direct several flights to the city
5. Molson Coors Brewing Company: Distributes beer brands. Beer consumption will be high
6. Boston Beer
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Kapitall's Rebecca Lipman does not own any of the shares mentioned above.