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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!