Tuesday, March 11, 2008
PARADES AND FESTIVALS
The last time I went to the South side Irish Parade was three years ago and I did so reluctantly. I brought my 4 year old son and a neighbors 6 year old daughter and I regretted every minute of it. We walked along 103rd street to the sights and sounds of drunk teenagers and adults alike. The obnoxious language and smell of cannabis was everywhere. Proud to be Irish? Hardly! As we neared Western Ave my 4 year old and the 6 year old neighbor had to witness teenage girls squatting in the alley and pissing. We watched the parade for a few minutes and I brought the kids home.
I have had enough of this disgusting display of crude behavior and unchecked public drunkenness. My family and a couple of families that we are friends with now take an annual trip to the Dells when the South Side Irish Parade is scheduled.
I say hurray to the department for wanting to take a stronger stance on enforcement. This event was originally intended for families to get together and celebrate their Irish heritage. It has now degenerated to a mass drunk fest drawing idiots from all over the city not just the southwest side. There is also an attitude amongst teens that this event is somehow a right of passage for them to act like drunken fools.
According to news reports the department made 50 arrest and hundreds of ANOVs were issued. Is this enough to curtail the stupidity? I seriously doubt it, but keep it up and hammer them harder next year.
I agree with the tougher stance the department has taken and I hope that they approach the other ethnic festivals with equal zeal i.e.
Cinco De Mayo in Douglas Park, Puertorican Fest in Humbolt Park and the Bud Billiken Parade.