2018-03-14 / Editorials

Erin Go Bragh!

St. Patrick’s Day is the day to wear green, decorate with shamrocks, have green cupcakes and beer and parade. The highlight of the daytime is the massive St. Patrick’s Day Parade proceeding over 30 blocks on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, where hundreds of thousands of lads, lassies and leprechauns march, sing, dance, and cheer, and that’s not even counting the television audience. We’ve had our St. Pat’s For All Parade here in Sunnyside and Woodside, and it’s growing stronger every year, welcoming one and all who wish to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint. After the parades it’s time for corned beef and cabbage, a pint or two, and some luscious soda bread—and of course, a couple more pints tonight, as we celebrate Ireland and her children and their many profound accomplishments and contributions to the United States. The parade that started as an affirmation of cultural pride in the face of open discrimination contributed to the tradition of inclusion in our country. It affirmed equal rights during a time when it was seen as an act of rebellion, and has done much to set the tone and spread the ideals of religious freedom, equality and celebration of diversity in our nation today: out of many one, or e pluribus unum, so Erin Go Bragh and sláinte everyone!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all our readers!

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