St. Patrick’s Day? in Boston!?
Interesting tid-bit. St. Patrick’s Day is not a holiday in Boston. Evacuation Day, celebrating a Revolutionary War battle is a holiday in Suffolk County. City and State workers in Boston get the day off. It happens to fall on March 17.
I do appreciate the fact that while the celebration is huge, with an equally controversial parade as NYC (and part of the reason for having it on Sunday is so the NYC firefighters can join in), it is concentrated in the old Irish neighborhood of South Boston which no-one needs to visit unless they choose to walk in vomit. Of course, even here in the suburbs the teenagers celebrated last night by smashing mailboxes.
One year in NYC I had a weekday business appointment at 42nd and 5th on March 17. The person I was to meet hadn’t made the connection and went out to lunch beforehand. After I waited some time they called the office from a pay phone. They’d gotten stuck in parade revelers and couldn’t get back to the office. [:o)]
We’re staying home and cooking a boiled dinner.
BTW – that will be a "gray" or fresh corned beef. That’s one local St. Patrick’s tradition I really enjoy.