Friday, March 19, 2010

      ( 12:20 AM ) teahouse
Regional Customs

A childhood friend was visiting New York earlier this week, so we met for lunch on Wednesday.

This friend grew up with me in the Deep South, and has been living in New Orleans for her entire adult life.

Wednesday, the day we met for lunch, also happened to be St. Patrick's Day. As many people know, the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City is the biggest in the world.

This friend was staying in a hotel just off Fifth Avenue, so she watched it during her stay.

When we met, she kept talking about how strange the parade was.

"How is it strange?" I asked.

"Well," she said. "It's pretty clean and orderly. I noticed people aren't allowed to drink while they watch the parade. And does everyone in the parade just walk down the street?"

"Yeah, they walk," I responded. "How else would they march in the parade?"

"You mean nobody rides in floats?" she asked, incredulously. "And they don't throw anything to the spectators? Why earth would anybody want to go to a parade where nobody is throwing anything?"

I couldn't stop laughing!



Your friend may be onto something!--maybe they should throw plastic necklaces with shamrock-shaped beads.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:00 AM  

That is soooo true and funny!! The one weekend I spent in New Orleans people would look at you funny if you did NOT have a beer in your hand onteh street.

I would so love to attend your St Pat's day fest. I did don my daughter's bright green feather boa for my walk around the block with the dogs, as I emerged momentarily from Deep Songwrting Mode. :)

By Blogger Jannie Funster, at 10:19 AM  

Yeah, I've always wondered the same things, honestly.

By Blogger Bridget, at 9:45 PM  

If she watched the St. Patty's parade at street level, would she have lifted her shirt for those mythical beads?

By Blogger Todd, at 9:43 AM  

You should have taken her to the pub crawls. Hey, when r we doin lunch again?

By Blogger G-Man, at 9:41 PM  

That is why Mardi Gras still has the best parades in the US.

I agree with your friend. Parades in NYC are kinda boring, even the Macy's Thanksgiving parade.

By Blogger Ming the Merciless, at 10:16 AM  

in my little home (birth) town every claps and cheers and waves at the parade marchers
here in my little town the people just sit or stand and look, sometimes some will wave (ususally just me) at the marchers & floaters
but they all buy junk from weird sidewalk vendors

no throwing allowed as some little kid or stuid adult will run out into the fast moving marchers and get ran down and maybe skin a knee or something

stuip sue happy crowds

go irish!

By Blogger ... Paige, at 5:27 PM  

gosh I sure hope spelling doesn't count on this test :-)

By Blogger ... Paige, at 5:30 PM  

i always thought floats were much cooler than people walking unless they're performing. especially when they're throwing bubble gum or candy. it's like trick-or-treating. now a balloon parade i would like to see.

By Blogger maria, at 5:38 AM  

I assume no one was flashing anything either. hahaha...

By Blogger lissa, at 6:36 PM  

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