Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patrick's Day Is For Amateur Drunks And Politicians

Another St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and New York will be filled with amateur drunks drinking overpriced beer in crappy bars. I used to love St. Patrick’s Day, but I have yet to find something worthwhile and Irish to do on St. Patrick’s Day that you can’t do the rest of the year, other than watch or march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Maybe this year, those people who come to the city to get drunk and wear tacky green gewgaws will instead visit the Irish Hunger Memorial or the Irish Arts Center, but I wouldn’t bet a pint of Guinness on it.

This St. Patrick’s Day in New York will be different in one way: there will be fewer politicians at this year’s parade. The reason: New York’s new Governor David Paterson is being sworn in. He’s sensible enough not to flush his career down the toilet on high-priced hookers, and that’s progress here in the Empire State.

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