Sunday, March 16, 2014

Green, White and Orange

2014 St. Patrick's Parade 1

I don't know why they do it, either. It's not like gobs of people put on yellow and red and pretend to be Spanish on Columbus Day, knocking back mucha cervesa en la calle. (And how did Columbus Day become a national holiday, anyway?) No doubt some scholars have figured out how an annual tribal celebration in Boston and New York turned into this.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade was absolutely packed on a glorious spring day yesterday. (We're expecting snow this afternoon.) It made it hard to shoot and this year's pickings weren't so good. Still, there were some keepers we'll roll out over the next few days.
                              

12 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Columbus day is a mistery to me, and ever so slightly offensive to the people who were 'discovered'. I like the ndn joke that goes around saying: 'Native Americans discovered Columbus lost at sea'.

This gent is great! Let the Guinness flow!

Birdman said...

Now, that's a mustache!

s.c said...

He (or she) can for sure roll out the mustache. Where are Irish there is St. Patrick's day as I once found out in the outback of Australia.

TheChieftess said...

Southern California celebrates Cinco de Mayo as if it were our own holiday...and it's not even a major holiday in Mexico...it's simply the anniversary of a battle!!! Anything for a party!!!

Luis Gomez said...

Always fun!

William Kendall said...

It looks like your parade goers are sillier than ours!

Bibi said...

Totally agree with cieldequimper.... I guess it's all in who writes the books.

I do love this guy!

Stefan Jansson said...

Great St. Patrick's Day portrait.

José Mendonça said...

LOL! Just great!

Jack said...

Bob, it is easy. St. Patrick's Day is huge in places like New York, Boston and Chicago, where there are big numbers of Irish people (read, "voters"). And it spread from there. And, Columbus Day is big in Boston, New York and Rhode Island, where there are oodles of Italian people (read, _________ [just a little quiz to see if you were paying attention]).

Nathalie Beaumes said...

That shot was a keeper, no doubt.

How some events make history and then get become a pretext for binge drinking in the street is a great topic for sociologic studies.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fun shot Bob, any excuse for a drink yeh :)