It seems like it was only yesterday that city councilor and South Boston native Bill Linehan was a youth sitting on the stoop of the D Street projects watching as then president John F. Kennedy strolled by in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Although he has taken part in all facets of the celebration, Linehan has never hosted the annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, until this year.
“I’m really excited for it,” Linehan said. “It looks like it’s shaping up to be a good time.”
The annual event, which brings together leaders from the city and across the state, gives politicians and their cohorts the opportunity to have a little fun, take jabs at one another, and enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast.
Hart routinely stole the show with his quick wit and stinging jokes. This yea, it will be Linehan cracking a few jokes and trying to keep the other pols civil.
“It’s great for a guy who grew up in South Boston to host this event,” said Linehan, who said he attended the breakfast for the first time when he was 15. “It will be a good mix. We try to make folks feel like they are among family and friends.”
Like all families there is a little dysfunction, but Linehan said in the end it’s all in good fun.
“We think there are a lot of ingredients this year to make it a real good breakfast,” he said.
In addition to the jokes, there will be Irish step dancers, musicians, and other performances to keep diners entertained as they feast on the traditional corned beef breakfast.
“[St. Patrick’s Day] is a life-cycle for me,” said Linehan, who as a youth played bugle in the parade. “We get to celebrate with the people we grew up with who come back for the parade; it’s just grown into such a festive day.”
Although Linehan will be hosting the breakfast, he is expected to be replaced by a new state senator when Hart's old seat is filled. The host is traditionally the senator from the First Suffolk District.
“The job has been passed on to me this year, and it’s an honor,” said Linehan. “But who knows, maybe if I’m good I’ll get asked to come back.”
For some fun facts about the annual breakfast, click here.