What is the purpose of LGBT (gay) veterans wanting to march in St. Patrick’s Day parade? We never seem to get to the bottom of that issue. The veterans who run the parade say it is all right for gays to march in the parade as long as they stay in the closet. Imagine a group of straights pushing closets down Broadway. It would be all right if they did not have to push them up Telegraph Hill to the Dorchester Heights. (As a kid living in South Boston I could never figure out why that was the name of the heights.)
I suppose if George Washington’s troops could push cannons up that hill there are people around today who could do it with the closets. Of course the closets would all have to be painted a battleship gray (or is it grey) and no rainbows would be allowed to be seen on the outside. Gays are welcome as long as those conditions are met and under no circumstance should they be able to show pride in being gay unlike the Irish who can show pride in being Irish or veterans who can show their pride.
Speaking of that, I never quite understood why it is the veterans who get to run the parade. Isn’t it time that those who seek to honor St. Patrick, who was Irish or at least an immigrant to Ireland (fortunately at that time O’Trump was not in control) and beyond that a Catholic who converted the whole population and drove the snakes out of Ireland that Irish Catholics be given the right to run the parade.
Or more simply, what have the veterans to do with St. Patrick who conquered Ireland without firing a shot. It really is insulting when you come down to it that you do not have to be an Irish Catholic to run the parade. Or at least Irish because as I understand it St. Patrick was not bothered much by the protestants (none were around at the time) and Irish history being what it is those who know about it realize the great contribution the Irish protestant fighters, poets, writers, politicians and leaders contributed to its history and freedom.
I suggest it is time to kick the veterans out and put the Irish in charge. That, of course, begs the question about the gays. Would it be all right if a gay Irish person was put in charge? If that happened, I suppose the closets would no longer have to be pushed up Telegraph Hill. But even that may not be something to worry about in the future.
I see that the idea of having a St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston is slowly being done away with. Here is what happened. The veterans took such a beating in their attempt to prevent a banner with a rainbow being carried in the parade that they are like whipped dogs cowering in a corner afraid to come out because the overseer with the whip is still there. In order to show their abject surrender they went along with the suggestion of cutting the parade more than in half on the pretense that the prospect of a couple of snowflakes may make the trek up and down Telegraph Hill treacherous.
With that, they were patted on the head and let out of the corner. I have to believe no Irishman would ever have agreed to shorten the parade. That is another reason to kick the veterans out.
Unfortunately it seems that St. Patrick has become old hat to the proper Bostonians and present day Irish politicians like the mayor and police commissioner. My grandfather told me the worst people to the Irish were the Irish. They were always ready to sell them out to please the others.
First they did away with the St. Patrick’s day holiday in Suffolk County; next they no longer celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 (how soon will Christmas become on the Monday following the 25th to extend the shopping season?); and now they cut the parade in more than half.
I’m told that the veterans having been cowed into submission have agreed that next year, 2018, their permit request will have the parade run from Broadway Station to Andrew Station as it has over the many years before this year. However they agreed to make a small route change. To avoid the crowds it will go straight down Dorchester Avenue (there’s that Dorchester in Southie again). In 2019 the route will be around Broadway Station.
‘Tis a great pity the Irish saint is being undermined by others including the Irish themselves. It is time for a change. It is time to put the saint back in Saint Patrick and realize that veterans and saints don’t commingle. It is time to put the Irish in charge and to drive out all those snakes who have been taking away the joy of a fine parade from the future generations.