Friday, March 11, 2011

Parade Day

Scranton's annual St. Patrick's Parade is tomorrow.

I recently overheard a conversation between a couple parents, debating the dangers of taking children to the parade.

Think about that for a moment.  There are parents who are worried about taking their children to a parade!

It's sad.

I'll give you my usual line about having no problem with the responsible use of alcohol.

You know the Scranton story.  The drinking starts shortly after sunrise.  It goes on for hours and hours.

The public officials make their usual proclamations about getting tough on the rowdies.  There is a big police presence.  They try their best.  The problems persist.

Like everything else, follow the money.  Big crowds and big drinkers equal big profits.

It's unfortunate that what used to be a family friendly event has been drowned in the process.