People with obvious Irish ancestry were distinctly in the minority in the parade; like totem animals, they were prominently displayed on fire engines. All in all, I think it's a healthy thing for our multicultural metropolis that the majority of the parade participants and spectators were little brown peoples.
I will have much to say when the trial is over.
ETA: Part of the musical entertainment for the St. Paddy's Day ceremonies was sponsored by O'Doul's. Can anything be more pathetic than a non-alcoholic beer sponsoring a St. Paddy's Day event?