Scorn of the Irish Celebrated in the End of the South Side Parade
The South Side Irish Parade ended on March 25, 2009 with this paragraph from the South Side Irish Parade Committee –‘Let this release serve as notice that the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is not planning to stage a parade in its present form in March of 2010.’
It was determined by the committee to make the announcement only days following the Parade. This gave the people that I call ‘Haters’ ample opportunity to get their ‘I Hate the South Side Irish’ freak on.
These people come from every ethnic and racial background including Irish but share a common devotion – American Secularist Progressives. The loudest of them are journalists, followed by politicians, academics and activists by vocation.
These folks revel in their contempt for Catholicism and ethnic pride, particularly when displayed by Irish Americans. The Rainbow World of Diversity stops at Green it seems to me. That has always been the case here in Chicago. Tribune Founder Joseph Medill intensely hated Catholics and Irish Catholics in particular. As did Jane Addams, Emma Goldman, and Clarence Darrow and Dr. Cornelia De Bey, who along with Jane Addams helped betray the striking Meat Packers in 1904. It’s all in the Tribune Archives. Their scions hate Catholics with much more nuanced sophistication – which they call inclusion.
The huffing-and puffing that followed a Catholic Bishop’s decision not to attend the University of Notre Dame’s Commencement because of the school’s spineless disregard for Catholic Doctrine with it’s PC invitation to President Obama to be Keynote Speaker is one such example. Journalists like to pal it up with Progressives for some reason and will pretzel any and all point of view until Progressively skewed. They love it when Catholics go all Cesar Chavez and embrace anti-War platforms or anti-Wal-Mart activism, but they hate it when Catholics say killing kids for cosmetic reasons (abortion – end the belly bump) and embryonic stem cell research (‘Think of the greater good – snuff the kid!’) is wrong and so is playing ball with politicians who suck at Planned Parenthood’s teat. Can I say that?
They ‘like’ Notre Dame’s decision in same way that a team that has just ‘Homer-ed’ a visiting team with an in-the-vest referee’s decision. They would hate it if Notre Dame had publicly, and rightly and courageously, refused an invitation to President Obama. President Obama is loudly and actively in full support of abortion at all levels; however, Notre Dame handled the hiring and firing of Ty Willingham with equally stupid PC deftness. Journalists make great haters. They Hate people that it is okay to hate – Catholics – Irish Catholics in particular are good people to hate, because Irish Americans are pretty much used to it. Still get’s our Irish up – can I say that?
Of the Journalist Haters, Chicago Tribune hater Eric Zorn was the first to pounce on the South Side Irish Parade. Taking cover behind his assertion that he hates all parades and then going for the marrow.
When I became a man — heck, when I became a teen — I became bored by parades. The gaudy ones on national TV with the gigantic balloon figures, tumblers and celebrities. Victory parades. Inaugural parades… you couldn’t pay me to watch them.
And local holiday parades — such as the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade which today we learned is ending “in its present form” — are the worst.
Eric, you would have absolutely hated the Visitation May Crowning Processions that were attended by thousands of Catholics and no candy for kids.
Sun Times hater Mark Brown took a week old story that he had spiked about tradition of play at St. Gabriel’s Parish in Canaryville to make a snotty crack.
‘If organizers of the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Beverly are really looking for alternative ways to celebrate the holiday, they might want to consider the example of their Canaryville brethren.
Now, Mark, 300,000 people at a play? Good thing you kept those notes from last week!
The absolute jewel of haters is Southtown Star Phil Kadner. Phil Kadner denies the Irish Catholics of the south side any plausible reason for the South Side Irish Parade other than race hatred against black Americans.
‘I don’t expect anyone to launch a Tomato Throwing Festival, a real event in Spain where up to 40,000 people from throughout the world gather to participate in a giant food fight. (Check out the videos on the Internet. You’ve got to see it to believe it.)
According to neighborhood legend, the South Side Irish Parade was launched by two families that fondly recalled the original St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 79th Street.
It seems to me it really grew in popularity about the time the Daley clan was out of power, Harold Washington was mayor, and the Irish of the 19th Ward decided to secede from Chicago.’
Harold Washington never wrote a check to help poor black kids get an education at Leo High School. Harold, as I recall, was a big fan of the South Side Irish Parade, Mr. Kadner.
Mr. Kadner, here is the most recent list of Irish last names and their most recent gift to black American kids attending Leo High School.: O’Brien – $ 500,Donovan – $ 250,Barry – $ 250,Dunn – $ 500, Casey $ $5,000, Nelligan – $ 700, Sullivan – $ 1,500, Meenan – $ 500,O’Malley $ 1,200, Healy – $1,000,,Glynn – $250,Lawton -$2,000, Nedved – $ 500 . . .
Nedved? I think that I saw that name associated with the South Side Parade Committee. Irish Catholics are pretty generous people, but you will never read about their specific acts of kindness to black people that the Haters want everyone to believe are the sole targets of hostile and brutish Irish Catholics – to the contrary. That nonsense only works in the Media.
I live in St. Cajetan Parish of Morgan Park. My kids go the Parade. They love it. Clare 14 years of age gets more stoked about the Parade than she does at Christmas Time. She does not even drink. I hear a few of my neighbors beef about the parade, and the drunks and the noise and the traffic for a big husky four, or five hours a year. Some people will beef about anything. Hell, I do.
The Police enforce the laws at the Parade as best as they can, given the political media attention on their every action and implied motivation. Everyone gets along it seems to me – unless of course one runs into a drunken, beer muscles –up, foul-mouthed moron who missed his bus back to Naperville.
The Parade Committee, God Bless them, are making the decisions about the conduct of the Parade and get all the heat when things go badly and almost no praise when the event is a stunning success. They are the people involved. They make the decisions. They brought 300,000 people to our neighborhoods with regularity. I’d say that was a great success. They decided to cancel next year’s Parade.
I wish that maybe they would have waited until this summer to announce the cancellation. That would have not allowed the Haters to have an opportunity to shoot their mouths off.