Rowdy drunks—my people—puking in the streets of New York City... that's a "religious parade," according to Grampa Roop. It's the blowing of the sacred bagpipes and the Storm Troopers that elevate "public drunkenness" to "religious observance." Meanwhile: LGBT people and LGBT groups have been marching in Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade for years and years.

UPDATE: My brother Billy—older, wiser, straighter—compared the St. Patrick's Day Parade to the Gay Pride Parade in a funny and insightful lecture he delivered this weekend about the history of the Irish in America and the history of St. Patrick's Day parades in Chicago and New York City. Listen!