Yglesias

Columbus Day

CREDIT:

I keep kinda sorta forgetting that today is Columbus Day. One of the United States’ niftier quirks is that Columbus has been adopted as the Italian-American national hero, so in cities with large historic Italian immigrant populations you see some Columbus Day celebrations, but in places like DC there’s nothing. This, in my view, is how you can tell that Baltimore — with its Columbus Day parade — is the southernmost of Northeastern cities whereas parade-less DC is the northernmost city of the southeast (if you doubt me, note that the original lyrics of “Hail to the Redskins” enjoined the team to “fight for old Dixie”).