Thousands of people have gathered to watch floats, marching bands and dancers in Chicago’s South Side Irish Parade. The parade is back after a two-year hiatus that was forced by drunken brawls at the 2009 march. Parade organizers say they’ve beefed up security in an effort to create what they’re calling a family-friendly parade.The Parade began in 1979 but increasingly it was nothing more than an excuse for young assholes to show up, get drunk and fight.
“I want the South Side Irish Parade that I grew up with back. I don’t want what we’ve had the last few years,” 19th Ward Chicago Alderman Matt O’Shea, who voted to kill the parade in 2009 said last month when faced with Chicago City Hall's decision to grant a permit to hold the Parade.
Laura Bisiules, a bartender at nearby Wrongs Tap (10014 S. Western Ave.) stated one the problems plaguing the Parade in recent years,"I think the underage drinking was what was really getting out of hand." The 2009 South Side Irish Parade led to 54 arrests.
Now let's get to it. Does anyone recall right-wing bloggers gnashing their teeth over the despicable behavior of the Parade goers? Anyone remember Andrew Breitbart showing up to scream at the Parade? Does anyone remember Conservative think tanks sending in agent provocateurs to agitate and write stories about the goings on?
Of course not. And here's the reason. No minorities present, no focus on the real causes of the recession and deficit, no #Occupiers, no 99% present complaining about the exceedingly unfair distribution of Wealth in this Nation. And why? Because the Republican Party is wholly owned by the 1% and their Right-Wing attack dogs will do whatever is in their power to undercut, divide, and keep We, the People fractured in service to their Plutocratic Masters.