Contrary to what my last name (Fogarty) may hint, my heritage is only composed of a pinch of Irish in the overall mix. I guess it makes sense when one considers that “Fogarty,” depending on the source, means either “The Banished One” OR “Son Of The Exiled Man.”
In either case, it doesn’t reflect well on my ancestors. They’ve been on this side of the Atlantic for many, many generations. Straight Outta Eire Circa 19th Century, yo. Some of ’em, anyway. The rest came from Scotland, England, Germany, France, Prussia, and maybe Atlantis and R’lyeh, for all I know.
It doesn’t really matter, though. It’s not a case of where my blood’s been, but what I tend to appreciate. St. Patrick’s Day is, alongside Halloween and New Year’s Eve, one of my favorite holidays. Or at least it was when I lived back near Chicago where people seem to go absolutely hog wild (I’m from the Midwest. I can say things like “hog wild”) over said holiday. They dye the Chicago River green, pee in the streets, and cause more mayhem than a post-Lakers championship riot. It’s the festive spirit of the occasion that moves me, not the minimal ethnic ties I have to the tradition.
That being said, I can’t say I’ve ever had a truly great St. Patrick’s Day here in Los Angeles, and it’s not for lack of trying. In a city that generally offers something for everyone, you’d think there would be St. Patrick’s Day festivities aplenty, yeah? Perusal of the latest L.A. Weekly leaves me wondering if anything’s going on at all. I would love to start a monthly Celtic and Celtic-punk club/gathering where one could enjoy the sounds of The Pogues, The Tossers, Flogging Molly, The Clancy Brothers, etc., but I wonder if the interest would even be enough to fill a small club on an even infrequent basis out here in Los Angeles.
But, hey, I remember a monthly club where they played nothing but Smiths and Morrissey songs all night — and people (including me) went. Maybe trying something different might be worth a try. But to be honest, I wouldn’t even know where to begin.
Oh! And if you do know of anything going on tomorrow that I’ve overlooked, please let me (and the rest of us) in on the secret!