Tuesday, March 17, 2009
For some reason people seem to think "Erin Go Bragh" is Gaelic for "Happy St. Patrick's Day." It's not. It basically means "Ireland Forever." So on this day recognizing Ireland's patron saint, millions of people worldwide will play, drink and eat. For Roman Catholics in Ireland, however, it's a holy day of obligation.
It's still early, so I haven't decided if I will partake in the merriment. I've got two choices----stuff myself inside the Blarney Rock in Manhattan or take in the free meal at Angry Wades in Brooklyn. I'm leaning toward the free feast of corn beef, potatoes, carrots and soda bread. But, then again, there's something fun about watching amateurs get drunk just two blocks from the St. Patrick's Day parade route.
In New York City, an estimated 1.5 million people will watch the parade march up Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. It's the world's largest, but the one in Boston is actually older, by just one year. Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade first stepped off in 1761, organized by recent Irish immigrants.
I suppose you'll find out tomorrow, what I decided to do on this Irish feast day. In the meantime, Happy St. Patrick's Day.