Saturday, March 17, 2012

Thoughts on Today's Parade

The Rochester St. Patrick's Day Parade was a smashing success, thanks in great part to the unseasonably warm weather — St. Patrick's Day Parade draws a crowd. Before the parade started, the fundagelical element was out dourly trying to spread its insidious doctrines among the largely Catholic crowd. (Rochester, New York is two-thirds Catholic.) At the same time, a good Catholic man was joyfully handing out pamphlets extolling the holiness of St. Patrick. While Christopher Hitchens would have predicted a lynching, the multitudes just laughed at the Prots, and felt a bit off-put by their shallow enthusiasm.

Then, the parade began! Following the leprechaun who led the parade was His Excellency Bishop Matthew Harvey Clark, the Grand Marshall, an appropriate beginning to what was in essence a religious procession. Next came a contingent from the United States Coast Guard, whom I cheered as the one branch of the military that actually defends us. Then came the various Veterans of Foreign Wars, whom I saluted not as heroes but as victims of their own worst enemy, their government. There was only one WWII guy left, showing how far that conflagration is receding into history.

With all the red-white-and-blue, I was half-expecting a Soviet-style procession of tanks and missiles to follow, but fortunately, instead we were treated to every Monroe County, New York Irish dance academy, marching band, drum and pipes corps, fife and drums corps, fire and police department. Marching also were scores of foreign nationals, Canadians to be exact, reminding me of the time I marched with South Davis Elementary's renowned marching band in Hamilton, Ontario, long before the days of enhanced driver's licences.

If there's one bit of advice I could give to the Ancient Order of Hibernians it would be to make their corporate sponsors actually do something interesting! Who wants to see a company's minivan with a couple of shamrock stickers and some employees with green t-shirts walking and waving behind it? Give us something to look at! At least the Genesee Beer float had three gals dressed as Miss Jenny, pictured below:

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Blogger Andrew said...

Hi Joshua,

I also went and took my family, and was glad I did. The parade was a good time, even for small kids.

My favorite part was that I heard *two* pipe and drum corps playing "The minstrel boy", a tune setting for a favorite hymn, "the Son of God goes forth to war".

Ms. Genny walking was a close second.

March 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Miss Jenny's looking pretty good for turning 60 this year!

March 19, 2012 at 8:21 PM  

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