St-Patrick's Parade, a day of freedom
I will be dead-honest now; I never cared much for the parade itself. I know it is a horrible confession to make, considering the amounts of human effort that is put in the event. And don’t get me wrong, I recognize and respect this effort. It’s just that the parade itself is not what interests me. It’s still cold, everyone is wearing heavy clothes and all the parade has are floats and music. But there are no dancers, not much color; basically it’s no Rio style parade.
But what I have always cared about is the spirit of the St-Patrick’s day parade: it’s all about getting out, getting in the streets, mingling with masses of Montrealers, celebrating with strangers and neighbors and enjoying a peaceful beer on the streets.
Yes, I love the fact that for one short afternoon, the laws governing our city are relaxed and you can enjoy a nice cold lager on the street, without being treated like a criminal.
I will admit that this law that forbids people from consuming alcohol in public places just kills me. I find it so backward and so insulting to the good and civilized citizens that we Montrealers are.
Why is it that all of Europe is “mature” enough to enjoy its lagers on the street, but we aren’t? What makes us “less good”, “less controllable”, what warrants this pointless prohibition?
My fondest memory of London was to be able to enjoy my pint of stout outside of the bar on the sidewalk. Sometimes, there were more people outside massed around the doors of the pub then there were inside.
So enjoy your week-end, enjoy the St-Patrick's Parade and the few hours of adulthood and freedom it provides us.
PS: For those looking for an authentic Irish Pub, with amazing music and tasty Guinness, check out O'Regan's Pub, but be there early because the place gets packed fast.
PS 2: Thanks to KenSavage, from whom we stole the motivational picture of this article.
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