Everyone’s Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day

03.19.07

Especially in Montreal, where – irony of ironies – St. Paddy’s Day is such a beloved holiday precisely because it’s so inclusive and apolitical.

Yeah, you can laugh now. But it’s true. Unlike other parades, which devolve into red-versus-blue colour wars, the green of Saint Patrick’s Day includes everyone – young, old, French, English, white, black, and heck, even Irish Protestant Orange. Two hundred and fifty thousand people turned out yesterday to brave the not-so-cold and celebrate, wearing green hats, dingly-boppers, shamrocks and more than a little alcohol. After all, who can’t agree on a holiday where everyone gets together to drink beer?

It’s nice to be reminded that I live in one of the greatest cities on earth. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone!

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