THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day and I always wear green because I don’t want to get pinched but also because I’m part Irish thanks to my great grandmother, Molly (how Irish can you get with that name?!). Houston celebrates the green with their annual “Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” which this year is celebrating 60 big ones and takes place this Saturday, March 16, noon-2pm. I got an email from them with a bit o’ history about the parade. I love the story of things, so I’ll share what they wrote in case you love stories too: “Houston's St. Patrick's Day Parade is rooted firmly in the city's heritage, and celebrates the beautiful and vibrant culture of the Irish, and the invaluable contributions the Irish immigrants and their descendants made to building and shaping Houston and Texas and America. The first parades date back to the 1880s when the parade (always on St. Patrick's Day) started in "Irish Town" by old St. Patrick's Church, which was located on Harrisburg Boulevard. Flags, bands, and marchers would march to Market Square for a day of fun, games, music, food and drink. The people spilled in and out of the various pubs in Market Square. The parade continued until World War I, when the Irish scattered across the rapidly expanding greater Houston Area. The parade was revived in 1959.” This year, the parade returns to Market Square and is followed by a “Lepre-Con Pub Crawl.”
There’s another St. Patrick’s Day Parade, also this Saturday (3/16), from 2-5pm: the 41st annual “FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade”. And the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas is hosting their annual “St. Patrick’s Day Celebration” this Thursday, March 14, 10:30am-1:30pm with a Mass followed by an Irish feast. Space is VERY limited so if you’re interested, click on the link for more info about RSVP’ing.
This week’s VIDEO PICK is a quick song by Kam Franklin and The Suffers – it’s happy and it’s sunny, something we can all use this week. Enjoy!