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Reflections of a St. Patrick's Day parade

Man in Scituate parade with a horn

Scituate, the most Irish town in America, had its St. Patrick's Day parade today.

Man on Wheel
Horses
Goat
Monsters
Civil War rifles
Drummers
Fifers
Horses
Model T

It wouldn't be a big South Shore event without a WATD reporter interviewing people:

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Just sayin’

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than the one in Boston.

Erin go braugh!

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A perfect place to spend this afternoon, entirely without noisy drunken louts. (I unexpectedly ran into Adam there, and we watched the parade together.)

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Sorry you're offended by all of the small
town suburban folk, or as you say 'drunken louts,' who visit Boston for the Southie parade. We're all Irish on St. Paddy's Day, and I for one love ALL of the people who come to Boston to celebrate with us!

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I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt that you intended to be inclusive with your remark, but many people of color and/or non-Christian folks often don't like being told "we are all Irish on St. Patrick's Day." The phrase suggests that non-white and non-Christian people should assimilate. Many folks are quite content to continue to not be white, or Irish, or Christian, on St. Patrick's Day or any other day. If you mean that you welcome all to celebrate with you, just say this, without using assimilation language.

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Do you really think that the whole point of the celebration of St. Patrick's Day is to destroy other cultures? Do you really think that Irish Americans want Italian, Haitian, Vietnamese, or Dominican people to just up and forget their own cultures?

No, that's not what "we're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day" is about. Interestingly, it's about inclusion. It means that everyone, regardless of background, is welcome to celebrate the Irish feast day. As Gaelige, the phrase is "céad míle fáilte." Ireland today is a welcoming place, especially compared to most of the rest of Europe.

So go hate on the Irish. Hate on how the Irish have gone around the world, to help some people and to just live with others. But hatred should have no place here. Perhaps you could check out some Rusangano Family, then perhaps you'd understand.

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You aren't up on your legends, much.

Those weren't actual snakes, but metaphorical ones (known as indigenous Pagans) that St. Patrick expelled.

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are here.

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Wow, way to change my opinion of the town of Scituate!

Just kidding. This looks downright charming.

Oh, and that pug in the green tutu: aaah, my chest! I wanna be that dog's friend!

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Park in the Greenbush parking lot, spend five minutes on a free bus, get off right on the parade route and there's plenty of room to watch.

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Took my bike on the train to Greenbush, then it was a ten minute ride to the Front Street business district where I ran into Adam. The train ride was quiet too, since I was going the opposite direction from all the people going to the Southie parade.

I hope to return to explore more when the weather is warmer. Yesterday was sunny, but also rather cold and windy.

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St. Patrick's Day is the type of day I'd expect to be told I can't take my bike on the train. With any luck, only once it's too late to find a place to lock my bike before the train leaves.

Sometimes they even declare that folding bikes aren't allowed, even though in other places they say folding bikes are always allowed on any T vehicle.

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By going to Scituate on an 11 am train and returning on a 4 pm train, I was 'reverse commuting'.

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My brother works at Dunkies on W Broadway... not that one, the other one.

When he goes off to work, I tell him to say hi to Sully for me if he sees him.

That never gets old.

And that parade looks nothing like what I remember from my youth. Reflections, my ass. More like a hollow shell.

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I think I might go next year. Much closer to me and looks like a lot more fun than the Southie one.

Thanks for sharing, Adam and Ron.

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I wasn't familiar with WATD so I ventured off to their website. What a nice success story! The best part? Based on their transmitter being located next to the landfill, the call letters stand for We're At The Dump. LOL!

https://959watd.com/about/

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