“March in like a lion, out like a …” 03/15/20
posted by Paul Judge
March is a month loaded with events.
There’s “Pi (π) Day” that was initiated by Larry Shaw and others at the Exploratorium on March 14th (3.14) in the late 1980s. You can find that story here:
The Ides of March, March 15th as anyone who stayed awake during high school English and remembers their Shakespeare should know is the day on which Julius Caesar had more than just a bad hair day.
Then there’s this horrible green fashion thing that happens on the 17th when people who aren’t Catholic nor of Irish decent and who probably slept through New Year’s Eve and missed Mardi Gras like to make up for those omissions to drink and party and celebrate an ancient saint. The irony for Catholics is that this traditional humble Irish feast day that in popular culture morphed into ‘Let’s party and get wild’ happens in the middle of Lent when they’re all s’posed to be fasting, sacrificing, and praying. But then again, the application of the Sacrament of Confession allows those who commit trespass may achieve absolution and penance so that’s a pretty good deal.
There are a dwindling number of the older generation with connections to the old sod around to remember family and neighborhood Saint Patrick’s Day traditions in the Outsidelands. Which gets to the point of this post. Here’s a link to a commentary in the Richmond Review / Sunset Beacon.
Jonathan Farrell: San Francisco’s Deep Irish History