Not-Quite-Live Blogging: St. Paddy's Day in Dogtown

Mar 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm
Gettin' their Irish on
Gettin' their Irish on
Ah 'twas a lovely piss-up on St. Paddy's Day in Dogtown! Ground zero lay on Tamm Avenue between West Park and Victoria.

1:52 p.m.    Barbecue smoke and beer breath beckon from the side streets, then behold: a milling mob o' green!

Honoring Ireland's mullet heritage
Honoring Ireland's mullet heritage
Loud-speakers are blasting the traditional Irish folk tunes, "Livin' on a Prayer" by Jon McBon Jovi, and "Sweet Home Alabama," by The Brothers Lynyrd FitzSkynyrd.
Notable headwear (all green): a curly afro, a fake mullet, derbies with glitter, cowboy hats, top hats, berets (quoi?), and one pair of fuzzy bunny ears.

More photos and adventure after the jump...

2:17 p.m.  Across from St. James the Greater church -- perhaps the Irish community's flagship parish -- a small boy is rolling very slowly down a small hill of dead, yellow grass in somebody's side yard. He looks drunk.

House Party!!
House Party!!
 2:17 p.m. - 2:43 p.m.  Overheard Quotes from the Crowd Along Tamm:
1) "Chillin' hat! Awesome."
2) "Damn, this weather's too nice."
3) "Tim! Tim! Take your shirt off!" [Tim declines.]
4) "Oh man, those green-haired guys? Watch out."
4) "All I know is, it's all downhill from here."
5) [In line for the Porta-Poddy]: "Dude I got a shitload of green beads, can I trade you for your place in line?" [Respondent declines.]

2:44 p.m
On a sidewalk behind the loudspeakers, another young boy is passed out atop a beer cooler. It could be exhaustion from the bright March sun. Or he's drunk.

click to enlarge These revelers said "Cheeseburger" when photographed
These revelers said "Cheeseburger" when photographed
click to enlarge Gazing out at the dark sea, thinking of a sailor...
Gazing out at the dark sea, thinking of a sailor...