RapidFire: St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is supposed to be one of the most inoffensive holidays around, as it really is just an excuse to drink too much and wear green. But with all of the preventative measures taken to combat the spread of COVID-19, all of a sudden it’s become a public health crisis.

Regardless of your thoughts on the massive outdoor parties during a normal year, it seems like now would be a good time to tone down the outdoor partying in massive groups of drunk (and likely sick) people, but that’s just me. 

I’ve never really been a person for big parties like that to begin with, but with the chance of this highly contagious and potentially quite dangerous virus going around I’ve been more than happy to stay home. 

Given all the increased awareness and sensitivity to St. Patrick’s Day with the spread of COVID-19, I wanted to ask the rest of The Brock Press office for their thoughts on the holiday.

“St. Patrick’s Day and I have a complex relationship. On one hand I’m all for people dedicating a day (or sometimes multiple days) to partying and having fun, since March is typically one of the more stressful times for students. On the other hand, the problem for me is how excessive St. Paddy’s Day celebrations tend to be, with people glorifying overconsumption of alcohol and even underage drinking. It’s okay to have fun but just do it responsibly (nobody wants alcohol poisoning). I don’t think St. Paddy’s Day should be a ‘holiday’ since most people in Canada only use it as an excuse to drink and party, but by all means celebrate it if that’s what you’re into.”

-Chad Ellis

“St. Patrick’s Day is usually a good time. I’m always cool with an excuse to throw a party with a built-in theme. I often struggle to figure out just how formal or informal any get together is going to be. Should I wear a normal outfit? Does the event call for something fancier? Edgier? Cooler? If the theme is “pajama party” or “costumes” how much is everyone else really committing to the theme? I don’t want to be the one who shows up in full zombie makeup when everyone else is wearing cat ears. It’s not hard to figure out what to wear on St. Paddy’s Day (yes it’s St. Paddy’s not St. Patty’s, I will be taking no feedback on this). Throw on something green and you should be good. I don’t have any real religious connections with the holiday and as far as saints go Patrick is probably one of the lamer ones, but I wouldn’t be opposed to making it into a proper holiday. Although, now might not be the best time to throw a street party with all things considered.” 

-Holly Morrison

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