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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 14, 2014 Reverse Order at FaneUil Hail Reverse Order, a dynamic pop-rock band that combines powerful teen anthems with driving guitars and infectious melo- dies, is excited to announce their Made in America tour that includes a show in Bos- ton to pay tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing victims. On January I, 2014, Reverse Order released their Made in America EP, tells the tale of real life stories, emotions and events that everyone can relate to, through the spectrum of contemporary pop and rock. The track Our City, by John Russo, Cruise Russo and Rob Freeman, was writ- ten in memory of the Boston Marathon bombings that tore apart not just the City of Boston, but also the world. The mayor of Boston was so moved by Our City that he chose it to be played during the tree light- ing ceremony at Faneuil Hall this past November. Produced by Rob Freeman (Adam Levine and Gym Class Heros), 'Made in America' also includes Waiting, Nothing Left to Give, Everything Beautiful, The Lucky Ones, Hold On, These Summer Nights, These Walls, and Hold Me Closer. In September, Reverse Order will embark on an anti-bullying tour which will focus on schools throughout the U.S. The mission of the tour is simple: to be a voice, to connect, to encourage. "We have all been bullied at some point in our lives, even celebrities are bullied, and we want our fans to know that they are not alone and they can overcome this obstacle and achieve greatness," said John Russo, Reverse Order Lead Singer. Reverse Order was a producer's pick for season seven of America's Got Talent and their song Go was nominated for a Grammy. To learn more, visit Reverse Order at www.ReverseOrderOnline.com or connect with them via their social media accounts. L'Anno Bello (Continued from Page i) brought to Ireland as a slave but then devoted his life to bringing Christianity to the island. According to legend, St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity, thus establish- ing the shamrock as one of the indelible symbols of this holiday. St. Patrick's Day is also a pure spring holiday, with the bright green hues prevalent during this day reminding us of the burst of new life that spring brings. St. Patrick's Day is a chance for everyone to honor Irish culture and revel in the springtime that bestows hope and optimism for all people, which is why I wholeheart- edly support the efforts of gay rights groups to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston. I think one of the best symbols of St. Patrick's Day is the mythological pot of gold at the end of a spring- time rainbow. It reminds me that after a cold and snowy winter, we will all receive our proverbial pot of gold -- a beautiful, warm springtime. Two days after St. Patrick's Day comes St. Joseph's Day, a holiday which, among many other customs, cel- ebrates Italian culture. My father fondly remembers this feast, known as il Giorno di San Giuseppe in Italian, from his boyhood days liv- ing in Sulmona, an ancient city located in the moun- tainous region of the Abruzzi. St. Joseph's Day honors the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the stepfather of Jesus, and celebrations in Italy emphasize the role of San Giuseppe as a father to the Italian peopIe. In Sicily and other regions of Italy, as well as among some Italian-American communi- ties, people construct altars dedicated to St. Joseph, known as le Tavole di San Giuseppe, laden with candles, breads and fava beans -- a crop that supposedly saved the inhabitants of Sicily from a famine in the Middle Ages after they had prayed to St. Joseph for help. It is also customary to perform chari- table acts on St. Joseph's Day, a lovely tradition that should be followed all year long. My father remembers people in his region ignit- ing large bonfires on the eve of the feast, called ilfal6 di San Giuseppe, for which he would sometimes scour the forest with his friends, looking for wood to feedthe flames. These bonfires sym- Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 www.bostonharborsidehome.com Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 & f bolize the transition from winter to spring, and indeed in some bonfires an effigy representing winter was tossed in among the fire- wood, metaphorically provid- ing a fresh start for the springtime. The pastry most associated with St. Joseph's Day is the zeppola, or a fried donut-like puff. My father al- ways brings home versions stuffed with delectable sweet cream from quaint shops in the North End, while my grandmother stands by her old savory version of zeppole made from potatoes. Either way, zeppole remind me of a beautiful holiday that makes me proud of my Italian heri- tage and notifies me that spring days are here. The spring equinox arrives the day after St. Joseph's Day, solidifying the promise of spring that the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph made clear. Spring is a sea- son that inspires much hope and joy through its blossom- ing vegetation, warm tem- peratures and promise of new life. From the green sham- rocks of St. Patrick's Day to the flickering bonfires of St. Joseph's Day, the holi- days that occur around the spring equinox welcome in the season with fanfare, em- phasizing communal activi- ties and employing symbols that speak to the sense of rebirth that characterizes spring. On the 17  and the 19% go out and enjoy activi- ties that remind you of spring, and know that the light will win over the dark- ness after March 20 , when the hours of daylight out- n'umber those of night. When we greet spring with happiness and love, those wonderful feelings will ac- company us all season through. Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folklore at adicenso89@gmail.com. The Parade Controversy Marches On This annual controversy over the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston is generated by folks at Mass Equality and a number of folks from the LGBT commu- nity. For years some within Boston's gay community have apparently decided to scream discrimination by the South Boston Allied War Veterans, who work hard every year to give the South Boston community the best parade possible. Apparently, there are some groups in Boston who think the South Boston parade is a great venue to push an agenda that has little to do with the day, the parade or the South Boston neighbor- hood. Since this controversy began over 20 years ago, this community has grown and today is quite diverse. There is old South Boston and there is new South Boston. Today there are many Afri- can Americans and Latinos who live side-by-side with everyone else as one. The same is true of South Bos- ton's growing gay commu- nity, which has come to enjoy all that South Boston offers. Once again this year we have seen what I call profes- sional protesters who seem to live for this controversy over exclusion in the parade. This year Mayor Marry Walsh has been trying to broker a deal between the two sides. There was a deal on the table by the parade organizers to allow identified gay groups or units to march without banners or rainbow flags turning the parade into a protest march. MassEquality has accused the veterans' council of a "hpstile tone." A spokesperson for the gay group said, "We were under the impression that negotia- tions were positive." Mayor Walsh is to be con- gratulated for trying to do something besides walking away from the parade, but it does take two to tango. Hurley and his group made a good faith effort to move the discussion to a new point, but the other side seemed unwilling to move or bend. I am proud of my Irish roots in West Cork. I enjoy the annual parade to celebrate my Irish roots, St. Patrick and the whole South Boston community. I fully support gay rights and have come to believe that gay marriage is not the new Pompeiian ruin of America and think that marriage is about two people committing themselves to each other. I am a straight, middle-age guy, but I don't care about the personal lives of others. It is none of my business. However, I do care when groups try to hijack a parade for political ends, as I think a few within the LGBT community attempt to do every 12 months in Southie. It is understandable that the veterans' council became angry when they found out reportedly that there was no such group as LGBT Veterans for Equality. When pressed, according to news reports there was one iden- tified member of the LGBT Veterans for Equality. One guy does not make a military unit. When asked reportedly if that one guy could round up enough members to do a color guard, reportedly that too was impossible. Liberals in the media and politically correct politi- cians should be congratulat- ing Whacko Hurley for trying to move the tired conversa- tion on, rather than being criticized for banning gays from marching. Gays and straights march every year in this and every parade held in Boston. A parade celebrating a neigh- borhood is about the entire life of the neighborhood and not just about the neigh- borhood's bedrooms, MassEquality should be about making everyone equal in the eyes of everyone else. After all, we are truly all the same in different ways. It should not be viewed as a battle between them and us. It should be about celebrat- ing community as one. If I were Marty Walsh, I would march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and invite former Mayors Tom Menino and Ray Flynn to join him along the parade route. Hoops & Hockey (Continued from Page 16) career with the Celtics before he was traded to Brooklyn. Third on the list is Larry Bird with 5,605 while John Havlicek is sec- ond with 6,114. The all-time Celtics leader in assists is the Houdini of the Hardwood -- Bob Cousy -- who recorded 6,945 -- a record that has stood for over 50 years. Rondo still has a number of quality years ahead of him since he's only 28. So, if he isn't traded, he could easily slip into at least third place (above Bird) on the all-time list. REUNION TIME -- When the Celtics played the Knicks on Causeway Street on March 12 th, it was a reunion for some. Celtics center Brandon Bass and Knicks center Tyson Chan- dler were teammates in New Orleans for one season (2006-2007). Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani and Cel- tics forward Kris Humphries were teammates in Toronto for three seasons (2006- 2009). Celtics Assistant Coach Walter McCarty played one season for the Knicks (1996-1997) and later was a teammate of Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire in Phoenix for part of.one season (2005).