Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
Yesterday I celebrated St. Paddy’s Day in Seattle. A fellow intern texted me about the parade downtown and suddenly all of us in the intern house were racing for the shower and hurrying down the road to catch the ferry. Sadly, I didn’t have anything green to wear, but my companions impressed me with bright green pants and a green raincoat. On the ferry, I was surprised by how many iterations of “I’m Stoned” t-shirts people were wearing. There are many ways to go green in Seattle…
The parade started on Jefferson and made its way north to the city center. We stood near the finish, just a little bit past Pike, and waited for the procession. There were many bagpipes, cops on motorcycle, bicycle, horseback, two separate groups of pirates (one of which kept on shooting off loud and horrible cannons), every Irish breed of dog, and even a DeLorean appreciation club!
The parade was sponsored by Car2Go, and every five minutes or so a Car2Go would make its way past us, prompting the announcer to read the same tired advertisement over and over. I felt a little hypocritical about being annoyed because I prefer advertising-sponsored events rather than charging viewers and thus making the event inaccessible to many. Plus, car-sharing and Car2Go are among the more sustainable options if you have to use a vehicle. Anyway, corporate-sponsored parades are what America’s all about! In eight months we’ll be watching the Macy’s Day Parade, not the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
More pernicious was the pro-life ad that drove past us near the end. There were no other political messages in the parade, just dogs and dancers and cops. Why did anyone think this would be appropriate? (Even though really wasn’t St. Patrick an English slave brought to Ireland who ended up converting the Irish to Christianity, so maybe forced religious messages is what St. Paddy’s Day is all about?)
But let’s end on a happy note. There are schools in the Seattle area that teach unicycling as part of their curriculum! As in, gym class, K-5, grab your unicycle!
You can’t win them all, but I think the Seattle St. Patrick’s Day parade was pretty fierce indeed. Top o’ the marnin’! Happy St. Paddy’s Day!