Five Top Reasons to Dislike St. Patrick’s Day

Mr. Yuck
Mr. Yuck

Now that I’m posting fairly regularly, I wanted to to get a bit of a rant out. If you’re of Irish ancestry, don’t take offense. Some of you may feel the same way. I just have to say, I don’t like Saint Patrick’s Day. There, I’ve said it. I’ve never liked it. I didn’t like it when I lived in Florida, California, here in New York, and I think I’d hate it even more if I ever moved to Boston.


So here they are, the top reasons I dislike Saint Patrick’s Day:

  1. It seems everyone celebrates it even though only 11% of the American population claim Irish ancestry, according to the U.S. cencus. (Note that if you really like St. Patrick’s day, you should celebrate it in Massachusetts, where 24% of the population claim Irish Ancestry).
  2. Shamrock Green is an Ugly Color. And people wear a lot of it on this day and it doesn’t stop there. They expect you to wear it. “Where’s your green?,” you’ll hear by the water cooler. Too bad it wasn’t phlegm green that was associated with this holiday. And then you have to see it everywhere – in the stores, the rivers, the fountains (is this really appropriate city spending in a recession?). I’ll be leaving my green at home this year, as I do every year.
  3. Public Drunkenness is So Unattractive. Maybe it’s because I’m in my 40’s and “have grown up”. But I just don’t get why people have to get so ugly drunk that they invade my personal space as I’m walking down any number of streets in New York that seem to be littered with what – yet an another Irish pub. Why can’t we have any English or Scottish pubs for a change? People spilling out into street is part of the charm of NY but on this day, it could really be scarier than Halloween!
  4. Gay Groups Not Welcome. WTF? In this day and age? Could you get over your Ultra-Catholic selves for just a bit here and allow everyone  to celebrate their Irish heritage in their own way? In a historic case, the Massachusetts supreme court decided against forcing parade organizers to allow GLIB groups to march. According to the Boston Globe, it’s still a controversial holiday, especially for city leaders. They have to decide to march or not to march. Which voting group is more important to them? In 1997, NY mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly spoke out against the NY parade not allowing gay groups participate.
  5. It Proliferates the Popularity of Irish Pubs. I know I talked about this earlier but I truly hate them. Why do there have to be so many in this city – filled with drunk Gen-Y types. Yuck! I would love more Brazilian bars or Morrocan bars. Hell, I would probably prefer yet another Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen rather than another Irish bar.

If you’ve got another other great reasons NOT TO LIKE St. Patrick’s day, please add them to this blog!

Author: John Vasko

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  • patty degeorge

    I think you are going a bit too far. I do agree with the almost mandatory wearing of green and the public drunkenness, but I believe that St. Patrick inspires joy as does St. Joseph is the patron saint of being the family protector. Sadly in today’s world, people tend to get carried away about celebrating anything.

    By the way, Romeo is such an active, darling little bundle of joy. He is probably ADHD. I love him. Patty

  • patty degeorge

    I think you are going a bit too far. I do agree with the almost mandatory wearing of green and the public drunkenness, but I believe that St. Patrick inspires joy as does St. Joseph is the patron saint of being the family protector. Sadly in today’s world, people tend to get carried away about celebrating anything.

    By the way, Romeo is such an active, darling little bundle of joy. He is probably ADHD. I love him. Patty

  • http://www.JohnVasko.com jvasko

    Also, the holiday should have something to do with a saint but I don’t think many people celebrate the religious aspect of it.

  • admin

    Also, the holiday should have something to do with a saint but I don’t think many people celebrate the religious aspect of it.

  • Michelle

    Another thing I hate – If you don’t wear green, people feel it’s their duty to pinch you. May be just a middle school thing, but it adds to the feeling that normal social rules just don’t apply on this particular day.

    • http://www.JohnVasko.com jvasko

      Yuck. I didn’t even know that. Thanks for the contribution.

  • Michelle

    Another thing I hate – If you don’t wear green, people feel it’s their duty to pinch you. May be just a middle school thing, but it adds to the feeling that normal social rules just don’t apply on this particular day.

    • admin

      Yuck. I didn’t even know that. Thanks for the contribution.

  • Mike

    1) Beer is meant to be amber, or blond, or red – not green.
    2) Fifth Avenue is a major transportation artery in a very large city – and we have to close it so that a subset of the population can indulge in public ugly drunkenness?

    • http://www.JohnVasko.com jvasko

      Completely agree about the color of beer. I think they should move the parade to Park Slope and have it on 7th Avenue or whatever it is over there!

  • Mike

    1) Beer is meant to be amber, or blond, or red – not green.
    2) Fifth Avenue is a major transportation artery in a very large city – and we have to close it so that a subset of the population can indulge in public ugly drunkenness?

    • admin

      Completely agree about the color of beer. I think they should move the parade to Park Slope and have it on 7th Avenue or whatever it is over there!

  • http://www.scottspiegel.com Scott Spiegel

    Do you hate Cinqo de Mayo too?

  • http://www.JohnVasko.com jvasko

    No, no problem with that one as I feel more warmth for the Mexican people!
    Alejandro – Hot Like Mexico

  • http://www.scottspiegel.com Scott Spiegel

    Hey, I'm part Irish–watch it!

  • http://www.JohnVasko.com jvasko

    JK

  • Feliciag31

    No offense to the Irish either….and I totally agree! I spent 10 years working way too close to 3rd avenue –home to many Irish pubs. On St. Patricks day the streets would be crawling with drunk people of all ages by 11:00 AM. GROSS DRUNK…THROW-UP DRUNK…college kids wearng shamrock antenna hairbands..screaming, and fighting.
    I’d be down for a fun session or a Chieftens concert.