In a small, cosmopolitan city in the American Midwest, this Friday is the day! No, not the tedious “sequester” budget cuts but a time when young people here in Champaign, Illinois let off some steam with the annual “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day” event.
The Ersjdamoo’s Blog writer lives here and is stupefied by the upside-down carnivalesque atmosphere. There are serious conspiracy theories to be studied, but here, on this day, serious is laughable and no one cares that Illinois is broke, “Blago” is in jail, Service Workers Union is about to go on strike, and the Moodys is frowning down on it all.
Being that this year the “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day” falls on March 1st, it is also an “April Fool’s Day” one month in advance. The weather is forecast to be in the 30s and mostly cloudy. Last year, “Kegs and Eggs” was the theme, with scrambled eggs and sausage topped off by multiple brewskis. This year, no decided theme has emerged other than “foreigners” (those from other universities) could have their antics reported back to their in loco parentis.
This annual festival artfully sums up Illinois in general: Like in the “Blues Brothers,” the attitude is, Bob’s Country Bunker meets Jake and Elwood Blues. That is Illinois in a nutshell.
Being an “old fogey” myself, there is inward groaning about these crazy kids. Just be safe, okay? The local police have done a fine job, walking the thin line between boisterous youth and alcohol dangers. Someday these crazy kids will understand how there is a degree of worry about the whole thing. But kids will be kids and spring is in the air.