No place for vulgarity at parade
Mar 08, 2016 | 6242 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Any mayor that's marched in the annual Rockaway St. Patrick's Day Parade has learned a lesson the hard the way: Rockaway can be pretty unwelcoming if you're not living up to their expectations.

This weekend was no different with Rockaway residents making their feelings towards Mayor Bill de Blasio known loud and clear, but truthfully, it's not the right time or place for that sort of thing.

It's clear that across the country if this presidential race is any indication that people are frustrated. But the vulgarities on display in Rockaway aren't helping. Nobody is going to listen to your ideas if you preference them with an expletive.

If Rockaway residents really want a return of ferry service, which seemed to be one of the biggest complaints leveled at the mayor on Saturday, they need to make their voices heard in front of City Hall.

Calling the mayor a name or a slur is probably not going to light a fire under him to make sure his ferry plan becomes a reality for residents of the peninsula.

Yes, it's become somewhat of a tradition to boo the mayor at these parades, but it shouldn't be done with malice. Whatever your opinions are of de Blasio as the city's leader, the Office of the Mayor deserves more respect than a dirty word or an offensive gesture.

The parade should also be a celebration, but the negativity has detracted from it. Every story about the celebration of Irish Heritage contains more graphs about the mayor than it does about the parade's grand marshal or how many people marched or lined the streets.

This ugly exercise in civic engagement needs to, at the least, become more civil. There are plenty of children within earshot of some of the louder, more rowdy denizens of the community that show no restraint with their words. It sets an ugly example, one that anyone attending the parade should not be subjected to in public.

Leave the politicking out of the Rockaway St. Patrick's Day Parade and all community celebrations for the matter. We get enough of it in our daily lives.
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