I am an ethnologist embedded within Chicago for St Patrick’s day. I am building the ecosystem for drunks that are the “pillars” of the St Patrick’s day experience.
You need crowds of drunks in green and the ubiquitous taxi drivers. I talked to a cab driver recently and he said that St Patrick’s day is the biggest day of the year for cabbies – bigger even than New Year’s eve. This is probably due to the fact that it starts earlier – he said he is generally picking up smashed patrons at 10am – and it goes all day and all night long.
Other pillars are porta-johns and bagpipers. While bagpipers are needed for police and fire funerals this is likely the only day of the year when playing the bagpipe gets you action with the ladies.
You need outdoor tables and Irish flags. Today happens to be the most beautiful weather for St Patrick’s day in Chicago in my lifetime so anyone who has outdoor seating is absolutely cleaning up.
Don’t forget renting a party boat and filling it with drunks in green, especially on a beautiful day like today. Not shown – the drunken trolley full of shouting people going from bar to bar.
So that comprises the pillars of the drunk ecosystem –
1) drunks in green
5) Irish flags
6) outdoor seating if the weather is good
7) alternative conveyance including boats, trolleys and buses
8) and of course, more booze
Cross posted at LITGM