Jun 15 2009
As I got annoyed walking to Penn Station seeing all the folks gearing up for the Puerto Rican day parade a thought ran into my head (and the annoyance was at Penn Station not the Puerto Ricans). Given all the other country parades that we have here in New York City, why aren’t there “American Day” parades in other countries?
Sure at the surface it seems easy. America is a melting pot of sorts (although it’s really Manhattan) and it houses the people from other countries more so than they do us. We simply don’t have much of a presence in other countries like other countries do here.
But I’d have to imagine there’s gotta be some country out there that has a nice little community of Americans. Preferably rednecks. Or even just a bunch of Guidos from Brooklyn.
See how that country feels when a bunch of huge sunglassed, collared up assholes are playing techno and bopping around like morons for 8 hours.
Fine, Puerto Rico, Poland, Ireland, etc etc. Great. You’re from there. Do we really need to have a parade about it?
And this isn’t to be racist or anything like that. I think parades celebrating a “people” from any country really don’t need to exist. Holiday parades, fine. I get that. But why do we need an entire day to celebrate the fact that you’re Irish, Mexican, Chinese, whatever?
OK, St. Paddy’s day can stay though. I love seeing drunk cops. But still, that’s probably more of a holiday anyway.
*And yes I know Puerto Rico is an American territory but come on guys. It’s not really American.
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