But in Utah, we have the story of the Mormons saving the Irish culture.
With the Pioneer Day Parade coming up next weekend, and pre-parade events scheduled throughout the week, it is timely to note that the Irish almost had to scrub their annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Salt Lake City this year until the LDS Church intervened.
Mayor Ralph Becker had decided that organizations holding large public events should pay a fee to cover the costs of the police security and traffic control needed for those events. The $10,000 or so that it was going to cost the Hibernian Society to put on their popular parade honoring both Irish and Catholic traditions seemed doomed. And Hibernian complaints to the city didn’t seem to do much good.