March 11, 2006

St. Pat’s Day Parade.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 1:44 pm

Piper2.jpgToday my town had its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It has been held in this town for the past few years, ever since the annual parade in Sharpe James’ Wonderland Newark could not attract a sufficient number of spectators or participants.

It is quite the event in town. A few saloons make a huge killing, including the one directly on the parade route, which removes all the barstools, tables and chairs so that it can pack more celebrants into the joint.

I am partly of Irish heritage, and I am a guy who enjoys a libation or two. However, as in past years, I took a pass on the parade and the post-parade revelry. As I mentioned in an e-mail exchange with a Jersey blogging colleen, I remain of the view that too many rank amateurs come out for events such as St. Pat’s Day parades and often things can get pretty messy. There’s nothing terribly Irish or festive about some guy named Angelo puking on the sidewalk.

So, tomorrow, we will head over to the Post where The Original Bill will have prepared a shitload of corned beef and cabbage. We will eat and drink with the Usual Suspects, which is to say — with “professionals”.


  1. Oh how I LOVE corned beef. Last year I corned my own – it was excellent I don’t know if I have time now to do my own before St. Pat’s Day since I don’t recall how long it has to be cured before cooking. Guess I’ll have to look it up. It wasn’t difficult at all – buy the beef, coat with the salt and spices put in plastic bag in frig… turn a couple times a day until it’s ready to cook.

    As for drinking with the amateurs… it is never fun and often disgusting. LOL.

    Comment by Teresa — March 11, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

  2. Corned beef and cabbage, eh? I mean — who’ll say it if I don’t — aren’t you the guy who admitted to having had a lot of trouble with a large portion of turnips a while back? Something about global warming? Let’s be careful out there.

    Comment by dogette — March 11, 2006 @ 5:12 pm

  3. Cliffy I can’t wait, looking foward to this every year.

    Comment by chef of da future — March 12, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

  4. I celebrate St. Pats every year, there is a touch of Irish in me. Corned Beef and cabage are a staple food in my house this time of year. My only problem with the holiday is that you always see Scots being portrayed as Irish. There really is a difference, but hey as I tell my Irish wife, “I forgive the Irish.” 🙂

    Comment by Contagion — March 13, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

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