Under threatening skies, countless thousands of Scandinavian-Americans, Irish-Americans, and a few German-Americans walked down Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis protesting immigration laws that may have left a few relatives back in the old country.
The angry marchers, mostly senior citizens, came from as far away as Dubuque, Iowa and Fond-de-Lac Wisconsin.
Bob Swenson a marcher from Deer River, Mn,. told reporters of RightWing News, Ink, that younger game wardens have been unusually mean towards residents whose ancestry go back to Sweden, demanding they not catch over their limit of Walleye.
"Just how are ve to survive up nort' if we can't eat vhat is in de lake," Swenson said. "Sure ve were here before dem young fellers were by golly, but I tink de vant us to go an starve."
Signs were seen along the parade route with phrases like, "We won't go back to Norway, were here, we ain't gay or nothin like that, so leave us alone by golly."
Dan O'kelly, whose grandparents came here from Ireland over a hundred years ago said it was a multicultural thing. "We seen beer, brats, Swedish meatballs and lots of Folgers Coffee being sold along the parade route."
Along with tears of sadness, the seniors who, for the most part, forgot what they were protesting about complained a lot about aches and pains.
Police agreed, once the crowd was fed, most of them dropped out to rub their corns and bunions and went home.
President Bush said he had no plans to expel Norwegians or Ireland's fine citizenry, but doesn't know about the Finlanders yet.
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