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What the Holy Heck Is Going on With the Greenville Avenue St. Paddy’s Parade?

As I've written before, the best day to be alive in Dallas, Texas, is the day of the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade. The weather is typically gorgeous. The people are plentiful and in good cheer. As long as you can avoid the serious drunken idiocy that transpires after the sun goes down, it's just a wonderful time to mill about and let your freak flag fly. Every year about this time, toward the end of January, I begin making my preparations. I check to make sure that my kilt is clean and pressed. (And, yes, I know kilts are Scottish. Don't care.) I obtain a dumb hat of one sort or another. And, most important, I have a good, hard look at the calendar. The St. Paddy's Parade always happens on the first Saturday day before St. Paddy's Day proper. For years and years, this is the way it has been done. Any conflicts must be cleared, etc. So imagine my shock when yesterday my mother informed me that the St. Paddy's Parade will this year go down not on March 12, the Saturday before the actual holiday, as it should, but on March 19, a full two days after St. Patrick's Day. What?! I thought she had to be mistaken. But it's true. The official Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade website confirms it. Of course, that same website also displays a parade route map with a reference to Saturday, March 14, a date that doesn't exist in the year 2016. So. Yeah. But my point is this: you don't celebrate Christmas on December 27. You can't celebrate St. Patrick's Day two days late. I mean, I will. Don't get me wrong. I'll be there. But I'm celebrating under protest.
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The author and his mother at the parade
The author and his mother at the parade

As I’ve written before, the best day to be alive in Dallas, Texas, is the day of the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The weather is typically gorgeous. The people are plentiful and in good cheer. As long as you can avoid the serious drunken idiocy that transpires after the sun goes down, it’s just a wonderful time to mill about and let your freak flag fly.

Every year about this time, toward the end of January, I begin making my preparations. I check to make sure that my kilt is clean and pressed. (And, yes, I know kilts are Scottish. Don’t care.) I obtain a dumb hat of one sort or another. And, most important, I have a good, hard look at the calendar. The St. Paddy’s Parade always happens on the first Saturday day before St. Paddy’s Day proper. For years and years, this is the way it has been done. Any conflicts must be cleared, etc.

So imagine my shock when yesterday my mother informed me that the St. Paddy’s Parade will this year go down not on March 12, the Saturday before the actual holiday, as it should, but on March 19, a full two days after St. Patrick’s Day. What?! I thought she had to be mistaken. But it’s true. The official Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade website confirms it. Of course, that same website also displays a parade route map with a reference to Saturday, March 14, a date that doesn’t exist in the year 2016. So. Yeah.

But my point is this: you don’t celebrate Christmas on December 27. You can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day two days late. I mean, I will. Don’t get me wrong. I’ll be there. But I’m celebrating under protest.

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