In my post The Fireworks MUST Go On, I mentioned this quote from Councilman John McLaughlin regarding the fireworks event this year: “I’d rather see someone hired back. I appreciate the sponsors with the fireworks and everything, but … I’d feel terrible watching the fireworks go off while someone’s sitting at home that could have been working.” [Source – LB Herald: Long Beach fireworks will go on]
Well that got me thinking. Does that mean Councilman McLaughlin will say “no” to Irish Day? After all, Irish Day is a very expensive party that costs the city FAR MORE MONEY and wreaks FAR MORE HAVOC on the city than fireworks. I mean, how can we even think of celebrating anything since people are out of jobs? I’m sure Mr. McLaughlin will feel terrible
watching the fireworks go off participating in Irish Day while someone’s sitting at home who could have been working.
Not to put all the pressure on Councilman McLaughlin, but i’m just trying to make a point here. And I think it’s a very good one. Seriously, can we afford Irish Day?
Since we are on the topic, did Irish Day outgrow the West End?
From what I understand, Irish Day was created to help the bars in the West End get through the lean winter months. Now that the West End consists of mostly full time residents, some West Enders are beginning to chafe at the outrageous shenanigans that go on during the festivities as well as its effect on the reputation of the community. “Drunken debauchery” was one way it was explained to me.
Somebody suggested in the comments of an article in the the AOL-owned LB Patch that Irish Day should be moved to Kennedy Plaza. What do you readers think? Make it more of a cultural celebration and less about the drinking party it’s become:
– Irish dancing and Irish music on a main stage
– Irish food from local restaurants, either a food tent or carts
– Alcohol tent (local bars – id required, of course)
– Kids activities, like face painting, games and Irish dance lessons