I traveled to Quebec City and discovered the French-speaking city, which had been recently blanketed by snow, celebrates their version of St. Patrick’s day a couple of weeks after we do in the United States. In and of itself, this might not be noteworthy. What is, however, is the list of groups which march in the Irish parade :
In other words…I traveled to Canada to a French-speaking province; attended an Irish parade; and it featured members of the police force from our very own New York City. When the Emerald Society’s bagpipes began playing, as the flag-bearers of Canada, Ireland, Irish-Americans, and the United States passed, the crowds on both sides of the street erupted into an almost-deafening round of cheers and applause. And as corny as this may sound, I actually held back tears.