A recent revelation, and quite by coincidence, the Groody Bros. have stumbled across an interesting linkage to the date of the Kansas City Tweed Ride – Velocipede & Tweed Indeed!
When: Always April 3rd
Tweed Day celebrates one of two things. Either it celebrates the warm, fashionable woolen clothing that originated in Scotland. Seemingly always in fashion, Tweed keeps you warm and looks good, too. It should come as no surprise to learn that tweed is more popular in the north, and not often worn in the south.
Or,…it celebrates the birthday of a corrupt New York City politician.
William Marcy “Boss” Tweed, who was born on April 3, 1823. Boss Tweed was a politician from New York City. He was a U.S. Senator, and a New York State Senator. His claim to fame was being convicted of graft and corruption, for stealing millions of dollars from New York City. Our problem with this theory is why a special day for a convicted crook!?
We ‘d like to believe that Tweed Day celebrates Tweed suits. Conversely, do we really want to celebrate the birth date of a crook??? We’ll let you make the call.
Definition of Tweed: Originating in Scotland, tweed is a thick woolen , twill styled material. Tweed jackets, suits and slacks are popular.
Wearing something tweed from your wardrobe is an absolute must today. But better still, buy a new tweed outfit and wear it today.
And from a separate source: Tweed Day, April 3rd, 1823, A day to consider the cost of political corruption. Birthday of William March Tweed, New York City political boss, whose “Tweed Ring” is said to have stolen $30 million to $200 million from the city. Born at New York, NY, he died in his cell at New York’s Ludlow Street Jail, Apr 12, 1878. Cartoonist Thomas Nast deserves much credit for Tweed’s arrests and convictions. Regarding Nast’s cartoons, Tweed reportedly said, “Stop them damned pictures. I don’t care so much what the papers say about me. My constituents don’t know how to read, but they can’t help seeing them damned pictures!”