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Mayor Bloomberg Is Raining On Our NYC Parades.

March 14, 2011

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Irish New Yorker’s are gearing up for the upcoming parade this Thursday, March 17th. The 2011 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which marches for its 250th consecutive year, will begin its traditional route along fifth ave. This year however, the parade will be cut short ending at 79th street instead of its previous conclusion at 86th street. According to an article from the Daily News, the parade stops just short of the American Irish Historical Society, located between 80th and 81st streets and has many attendees furious. Mayor Bloomberg isn’t just cutting down the route of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, he is cutting parades citywide by 25%. All parades will also be limited to a 5 hour span, in an effort to save the city $3.1 million dollars. The official order doesn’t go into effect until April 1st, which should have spared the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but Mayor Bloomberg still sent orders to cut it short. Why you ask? According to Mayor Bloomberg, he doesn’t want to “worry about a bunch of people that are totally inebriated hanging out the window.” Shocked? He continues to say, “I know, that’s a stereotype of the Irish (but) nevertheless, we Jews from around the corner think this.” Bloomberg, who lives nearby on 79th street, was received with boos for his politically conscious comments. Rumors are surfacing that he changed the route of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade because Mr. Potato Head refused to float beside Mr. Bagel and Lox.

With all the cuts being made to the city, I am not surprised about the new parade routes and time restrictions. Sadly I am also not surprised by the insensitive comments (which he later said were a “joke”) publicly made by a man who is certainly not loved by those living in New York City. While the American Irish Historical Society nor parade organizers have commented, parade attendees at the Rockaway, Queens St. Patrick’s Parade let him know exactly how they felt when he marched on March 5th. In full Irish attire I might add. Bloomberg was greeted with boos and people shouting for him to go home yelling “Go Back to Manhattan!” and addressing him as a “Union-buster.” I can’t imagine how he is going to be received when he shows face in the New York City St.Partricks Day Parade. I’ll put some money on these attendees shouting about another place he can go.

This year will bring change not only to the way New Yorker’s work but how we celebrate too. Many traditions will be changed and while the convention of some of our staple parades will not be the same, it’s better than a tax increase. Critics have called the parade cut “shortsighted” due to the amount of revenue earned from many parades. Many stores along parade routes have reported making more in that one day than they do in their 1st quarter. Mayor Bloomberg responded to these criticisms by stating that the amount of money being saved far surpasses what revenue could be earned by a single parade. So I guess it comes down to one question, are we willing to pay a little more in the long run to keep our traditions alive?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2011 8:03 pm

    This was very disturbing to read.

    Myself I feel that the mark of a great city is through the strength of its various cultures and their celebrations being embraced by all and shared!

    The Mayors stance is very short-sighted, I agree!

    Hoping that the will reconsider!


  2. March 14, 2011 8:12 pm

    I wasn’t too pleased with Mayor Bloomberg’s comments either. Hopefully despite the changes we can still manage to embrace each parades intended celebration without letting him or any other nay-sayers ruin it.

    Thanks for reading!!

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