Why I Don’t Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day | Seamus McKiernan

Something to think about while your favorite baseball team wears tasteless caps today.  The bold is mine.

But on March 17 each year I actively avoid the leprechauns and the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirts and the silly green hats and the 9 a.m. Guinness guzzling. That’s not because I’m opposed to having a good time and it’s certainly not because I’m not proud of my Irish heritage. Quite the opposite: I’m worried St. Patrick’s Day has become a farce, a celebration of cartoonish symbols of Irish culture that minimize, dilute and demean what it means to be Irish. Wrapped in an excuse to drink debaucherously (itself a stereotype long used to keep Irish immigrants down), the holiday is so devoid of culture that it may as well be grouped with fake holidays like SantaCon — just switch red garb for green.

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Again, I know the Mets are not being mean-spirited.  I know they are trying to celebrate the day.  But there are ways to do it without the caricature, and they have done so in the past.

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