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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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