Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone- and what a weekend it’s been. In Boston, St. Paddy’s Day is pretty much a week-long affair, filled with parties, concerts, parades, and pub crawls. The past couple of years I either worked through the holiday, or was out of town- but this year I was able to celebrate accordingly- kicking off the weekend with a show from the Dropkick Murphys at TD Garden for their Irish Festival on Friday night.
When the house lights came back on and everyone was exiting the Garden for the night, I was sticky with sweat and beer, and covered in green and white confetti that had rained down on the crowd during “Shipping Up To Boston”- but I had such a good time that I didn’t even care. Between appearances from Danny O’Connor and Ken’s daughter and her step-dancing troupe, to Ken singing “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced” in the middle of the crowd and the band closing out the night with a pretty ferocious cover of AC/DC’s “TNT”- it was just so much fun.
(This guy, dressed up as a Ghostbuster, photobombed me when he saw me taking pictures!)
Today I headed down to Dorchester Street to catch the annual South Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Despite the sunshine, it was really frigid out today, which made standing for the entire two hour celebration more than a little uncomfortable, but it was still a good time. I don’t particularly know what Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, pirates, or the Ghostbusters have to do with St. Paddy’s Day, but there never really is any rhyme or reason to these sorts of things. Besides, everyone was too much in the spirit of things (see: drunk) to really ask too many questions.
And to close this entry out before I go prepare for tonight’s episode of “The Walking Dead” and to go back to work tomorrow morning, here’s one of my favorite videos to commemorate today’s festivities:
Everyone’s Irish tonight, ladies & gentlemen! Cheers!