A Virtual Day In The Neighborhood

Senator Nick Collins and his wife Olivia kicked off the Saint Patrick’s Day “Bring Your Own Breakfast” celebration with an opening tune reminiscing the Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood famous song, “It’s a virtual day in the neighborhood”. The event was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The “bring your own breakfast” version happened Sunday morning via Zoom hosted from their living room and featured cameos by their children Justine, 3 years old, and Josephine, 9 months.  

Former Mayor and Ambassador Ray Flynn and Court Clerk Michael J. Donovan helped to set the tone of the celebration promoting the importance of ‘community’ and encouraging support of local businesses, especially the restaurants and coffee houses etal.

Former Mayor Marty Walsh, Gov. Charlie Baker, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch and Ayanna Presley, Attorney General Maura Healey and Senate President Karen Spilka, City Councilors Mike Flaherty, Ed Flynn, Rep. David Biele and all of their colleagues participated. Every announced mayoral candidate looking to replace Walsh produced their clever video, all in good fun – City Councilors Andrea Campbell, Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu, Rep. Jon Santiago, John Barros

“While the event this year was a bit different, we were excited to bring back this great Boston celebration, support community relief efforts and enjoy the cultural traditions of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” Sen. Nick Collins stated. “As we emerge from this pandemic, it’s important we remember the importance of community.”

On a parallel note, USA Today reported, that for many Americans this St. Patrick’s Day was the ultimate day to see – and save – some green. The first stimulus payments are expected to hit bank accounts via direct deposit as part of the third round of Economic Impact Payments, which President Joe Biden signed into law last week. Across the nation, many St. Patrick’s Day parades have been canceled for the second year amid the coronavirus pandemic with several events scaled back. But unlike other food days for restaurant promotions that draw large crowds, the traditional Irish holiday hasn’t been called off completely.

Krispy Kreme gave away free green glazed doughnuts for those who visited shops wearing green on the 16th and 17th.  No purchase was necessary, and the treats were available in-store, for pick-up and the drive-thru while supplies last. Budweiser says it is turning all beer “green” by pledging “renewable energy credits equivalent to the estimated electricity needed to brew every beer in the U.S. in a single day.” McDonald’s kicked off the season of green early, when it brought back minty Shamrock Shake and Oreo Shamrock McFlurry to restaurants nationwide Feb. 15.

More people were expected to spend the holiday at home than past years, according to a survey of more than 3,000 consumers by Numerator. Only 9% planned to go to a bar this year compared to 38% in previous years. Slainte!!