We attended the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Oklahoma City today. It was wonderful as always, and there was a big turnout this year! I took more than 400 photos, 90 of which I’ve uploaded to my Flickr account. I’ve posted a few here.
Two of my favorite articles ever written about Generation X were written this year by Irish reporters and published in Irish newspapers: Why Ireland’s Generation X stares up at the ceiling at night and Will our shame be their nostalgia? It’s been a tough couple years for Ireland’s economy. Today, we carried their spirit down Broadway at 5th in Oklahoma City. Erin Go Bragh!
My husband Robert. His family on his dad’s side came over from Ireland in 1745 after repeat potato crop failures. They were coal miners who went on to fight in the Civil War on the side of the North. They settled in Illinois in a town about 30 minutes from where my mother grew up. Robert is half Irish and half Achumawi (Pit River Indian).
My ancestors were born in Belfast and Donegal, Ireland, including one ancestor who shares the same name as my father, William Elliottt. The first Bill was born in Belfast in 1755. There is a line from Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club that I have always loved: “When my feet touched China I became Chinese.”
If my father had ever made it to Ireland he would have said something similar.
Update: Check out my St. Patrick’s Day Parade pictures from 2012! Also, a post featuring St. Patrick’s Day graffiti via cellograff cellophane graffiti. And, that’s not all. Here’s my post from 2010 featuring several cultures at the parade.