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March 17th, 2009
02:39 PM ET

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Jami Floyd
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St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal if you live in New York or Boston or any other city with a large Irish American population. Here in New York City the Saint Patrick’s Day parade is 248 years old today. It goes back generations.

Of course Irish immigrants, together with immigrants from other foreign lands, practically built the bedrock of this city. So it’s not a surprise that on March 17th, the Empire State Building is green, the beer is green, even the bagels are green! Over at NBC, the “Today Show,” which usually broadcasts out of Rockefeller Center is instead coming at you from the Emerald Isle. And the St. Patrick’s Day parade is in full-swing.

We are big into our ethnic parades here in the Big Apple. Some people don’t like it. But I’m okay with it because our population is the most diverse in the world and we are stronger for it, with St. Patrick’s Day, Puerto Rican Day, Chinese New Year, Columbus Day, West Indian American Day and more.

It’s all good. As long we can all celebrate — without exclusivity or nationalism. You know the old saying: Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. That’s the way it should be.


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  1. German R. Cayabyab, Jr.

    Although Palo Alto, California is a not a city with a large Irish- American population like New York and Boston, I've noticed that since I was a kid, people of various ethnicity celebrate the Saint Patrick's Day here in the U.S. for more than 248 years now. I believe that everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick's Day. Cheers!!!

    March 18, 2009 at 3:41 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    I love St. Pat's day! In my family its not only a holiday but my mom's birthday too. So we wear green and come bearing presents! No green bagels though – my mom would probably think they were growing something!

    March 18, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  3. Barbara in Boston

    In Boston, March 17 is a legal holiday. The story of how it became so is a classical Boston Irish political yarn. Beginning at the turn of the last century, Boston City Council was pretty much in the pockets of the city's huge population of Irish immigrants. The Council found a way to celebrate St. Patrick's by hitting the history books. On March 17, 1776, the British ended their siege of the city, so the City Council called a holiday on the 150th anniversary. Later, in the 1930's, Boston's norotious Irish-American mayor Michael Curley made "Evacuation Day" an official city and county holiday. In 2006, the state legislature made it a state holiday. So here in Boston we celebrate our revolutionary patriotism by donning the green and pinning a shamrock to our shoulders. Happy Evacuation Day everyone!

    March 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  4. earle,florida

    Leprechuns,castles,good luck and laughter; Lullabies,dreams and love ever after. Poems and songs with pipes and drums; A thousand welcomes when anyone comes. May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go and guide you in whatever you do - and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always. "Traditional Irish Blessing",... Happy St. Patrick's Day CNN,..(:

    March 17, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  5. roxie owens

    Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too. We have the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade here in Eau Claire, WI – or on St. Patty's Day, O'Clare, WI!

    March 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  6. Isabel, Brazil

    That diversity is really very good!

    We only have to gain from it!

    Brazilian Day in New York ... it's great!

    March 17, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  7. Michael "C" Lorton,Virginia

    It is a day that everyone can be Irish--even AIG-–and believe they have enough "green" to be IRISH for a long time!

    March 17, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  8. Marcia, Warren MI

    Here in Metro Detroit its called Sharin of the Green. Most Holy Trinity in Corktown has a mass where many bigwigs an the average Joe(not the Plumber type) attend and contribute money toward the homeless of the Parish and the city. You see Detroit is more than the auto industry we are people who care about their fellow citizens.

    March 17, 2009 at 3:20 pm |