Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and hordes of people who are descendants of Irish immigrants will gather in New York City to watch bagpipe players, bands, charitable organizations, voluntary associations, youth groups, Irish dancers and politicians marching in this famous March 17 parade.

St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on the traditional death date of St. Patrick (circa AD 385-461). St. Patrick is the most well-known saint of Ireland.  The day commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and is meant to celebrate the heritage and culture of Ireland.

The Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which historically encouraged the holiday’s consumption of alcohol.

I hate this holiday.  It is a celebration where men and women who are wearing lots of green clothing are known most for drinking and puking on the sidewalks; fighting and getting arrested. The streets and the sidewalks are congested. The economy is damaged since this group certainly did not come to Manhattan to shop.

The crowds arrive on trains and buses early in the day because the traffic is terrible and the cost of parking astronomical. And, if you are going to drink … and drink the way my people do on St. Patrick’s Day, at least you can avoid driving. The train and bus stations are a mess at the end of the night when many are struggling home, much worse for having been “over served.”

The cost to provide police and ambulance service for this parade is significant. The cost to clean the city after the celebration has ended is unimaginable. There are better options to this madness. Celebrate Irish poets, playwrights, novelists, philosophers and musicians with concerts and performances. And for God’s sake, stay off the sidewalks and out of the bars.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. March 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Dear Brett,
    This was a particularly difficult St. Patrick’s Day for those of us who work in New York City. It took me one hour instead of 20 minutes to get to my office. I had to get out of taxi since 53rd St and Madison was my destination and of course 53rd St was blocked so the revelers could begin early. I had to walk on icy side walks and pull my chart bag along while holding onto my handbag and long winter scarf. Patients were late to their appointments and chaos reigned. I finally gave up at noon and left mid-town for a long trudge uptown to get into my car with the Airedale and The Husband. We headed out of NYC before the madness worsened to a village of peace and no parades. Yes, I own it. I am a stick in the mud.
    Thanks for reading our post for women over forty!

  • Brett March 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Well aren’t you a stick in the mud.

  • hillsmom March 17, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Yes Dr. Pat, what a good idea! Too bad it will never happen.
    Cheers anyway…