What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become a massive party celebrating Irish culture. Since nearly 35 million Americans claim some Irish heritage, a lot of people turn out for the party. Who doesn't enjoy a day of drinking, toasting and wearing o' the green? 🍻 ☘️ 🇮🇪
Answer: A lot of people. Even the Irish find the alcoholic excess of St. Patrick's Day both embarrassing and stupid. For many city dwellers, it's just a shitty day where the bars, streets and public transportation are filled with drunken hooligans.
[The holiday] became a way to assert Irish Catholic identity and worth, and to mark one's space in the face of considerable hostility and discrimination. In places like New York and Chicago, Irish Americans were determined to make a place for themselves. The parades and related events announced this determination. They were a way of saying, "We're here, we're proud of our culture, and we're not going anywhere."
Despite the lamentations of your Irish uncle about how much his people suffered under the boot of the English and everyone else—you're not oppressed anymore! You haven't been since John F. Kennedy was president. So how come every year, the celebration of this annoying alcoholic holiday starts even earlier?
what the hell is going on in chicago? There's already tons of people milling around in st patricks day get-ups, looking for beer