Pageantry (St. Patrick’s Day)

(with permission)

Despite its well warranted boozy reputation, I’ll never think about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in exactly the same way. Our friend Jack marched this year with his dad, Gerry (not pictured). What you get here in this picture is the real seriousness and dignity of purpose that defines ritual pageantry and its “look.” About this, the parade guidelines are clear. No sneakers, no hats or t-shirts. Wear a polished black shoes. You can read it on Jack’s face. I like how the green stands out in relation to the black, and the older men in the background. The picture already looks historical.



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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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