Behind the scenes with Saint Patrick: Real name: Maewyn Succat. Backstory: Was forced into slavery by Irish raiders (dude was British!). He later returned to Ireland as a missionary because, he wrote, "the Voice of the Irish cried out, as with one voice: 'We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.'" Both of these vital bits of information about green-beer rockstar Saint Patrick have been more or less cut and pasted directly from you-know-what-ipedia. Using that ecclesiastical trivia, you can now plainly see why today we celebrate Maewyn with tequila, marching bands, and pony rides at the St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade. Kidding! In context, Mr. Patrick's day and its modern traditions make perfect sense and are a ton of fun, as you well know. Our local parade, for example, is the 158th annual celebratory promenade; so there are people watching from Colma to see that we do it right. Have a good time or else!
Sat., March 14, 10 a.m., 2009