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Weekend preview: Green means go

Weekend preview: Green means go

This is the weekend we begin civic celebrations of immigrant refugees who fled a history of starvation, religious persecution, civil war, assassinations, bombings and random violence that claimed men, women and children, and whose arrival in America was met with social unrest, more violence, slurs, language barriers, faith-based prejudice, and job and housing discrimination. As the help-wanted ads of the time unapologetically declared: No Irish need apply. The 1850s version of “Go back to your country.”

But we’re all good now. See how that works?

In longstanding South Florida tradition, many local cities will throw their St. Patrick’s Day parties early to allow access to...