Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Painted the Town Green-- Part 2: A Parade for the Saint

The parking lot is right by where the parade organizes itself, so walked three blocks and found the rest of out crowd and joined them.

Fairly warm for a March 10th, but quite windy, especially if you were standing at an intersection. Every so often we'd see hair from one group blowing straight in front of them and anything not bolted down flying off to parts unknown. Unfortunately, one of the vendors was selling those horns that make so much noise. You'd have thought those folks would get winded with all the blowing (which after awhile gets very annoying), but they didn't.

We were standing by the entrance to the downtown Hampton Inn, not in direct line of wind, but unfortunately not in the sun which would have made it better.

The parade kicked off at noon as scheduled. There came St. Patrick at the front and then we had lots of kilted bagpipe bands, floats and more bouncing hair than I thought I'd ever see in my life. One black band came by and I have never seen such moves. They sure had the soul going on and were the best band of the day.

We really enjoyed the leprechaun on the big wheel. It should be illegal to have as much fun as he was having.

A Good Parade. --RoadDog

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