Andrew, that link is broke. TJP
In the late 1800's / Early 1900's - When the Irish immigrated to the United States in large numbers, the Irish were heavily discriminated against. You would see "NINA" signs in store front windows (No Irish Need Apply) … So the only jobs the Irish could get, were the dangerous jobs that no one else wanted (Police officer / Firefighter)
This is why historically and traditionally, you've seen uniformed groups of each, marching in the St. Patricks Day parades around the country each year. (Boston, Chicago, New York, Savannah, to name a few)
In Delray Beach Florida, we have integrated the Emergency Services into Florida's premiere St. Patricks Day Parade in Delray Beach, and we've done it with an international flare. No other St. Patricks Day parade in the nation, is structured, managed, operated as such. It is an event that is marketed as a beautiful mosaic patchwork quilt of community unity. All of the towns, cities, counties, states, and countries are represented by the patches, uniforms, banners, flags, and apparatus.
It is also marketed as a role model image for our children to see. All of the sharply dressed uniformed personnel marching shoulder to shoulder, with pride, honor, discipline, dignity, tradition, patriotism, and teamwork, is just the image that we want children to see today.
Mark your calendars, the weekend of Saturday March 15th, 2014. For more information, please visit our parade website - www.stpatrickparade.com Spread the word.