At St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, politicians mark return to normalcy


The annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast returned to an in-person event in South Boston Sunday, breaking a pandemic pause with jokes, music and awkwardness from some of Massachusetts’ most prominent political figures.

Returning to normal was a recurring theme for speakers at the breakfast, organized by state Sen. Nick Collins, holder of “the Southie seat” that typically hosts the event.

“It’s great to be back in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center here in South Boston, live and in-person without masks, and some of us, self respect,” the senator quipped before launching into a rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall,” with lyrics inspired by Gov. Charlie Baker’s pandemic response. (“We don’t need no vaccination cards / Whatever happened to local control?”)

In his final head table appearance as governor, Baker, who is not seeking re-election, poked fun at the idea of nepotism in state government.

“There will be a new governor and…

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