American Snaps #5: St Patrick’s Day Parade, NYC
A High School brass band played “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey – bollocks to that.
You’re tempted to cry “ersatz” until you remember it has little to do with modern, progressive Ireland; this is Irish-America acting out its atrophied views of the “ol’ country”. A parade that movingly commemorates firemen lost on 9/11, and then, in the same breath, allows NorAid to march, should perhaps examine its conscience.
Bloomsday is better anyhow – it would never have brass band covers of Journey songs.