St. Patrick, Parades & People Watching

Last Saturday, we went to a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Henderson, Nevada, touted to be ‘the largest St Paddy's Day parade west of the Mississippi’ … a claim we seriously doubt. That said, it was an enjoyable enough way to spend a very chilly, breezy St. Patrick’s Day morning.

 What a thrill ... a photo opp with St. Patrick!

What a thrill ... a photo opp with St. Patrick!

The highlight of the day for me was meeting St. Patrick. Oh, yes, himself was there … in all his glory. When David asked if he’d allow a photograph of me and the saint, he politely said ‘That’s wy I'm here.’ I told him I’d posed with the Easter Bunny and Santa and even Uncle Sam, but never a Saint before. He whispered with a grin, ‘I’m not really a saint. I kind a' like the ladies.’  After all ... he is an Irish saint!

 Wearing of the green ... lots of it!

Wearing of the green ... lots of it!

The parade was a small town thing. Politicians, girl scouts, local dance studio students, Junior ROTC members, VFW, firemen, policemen. The Vikings were there ... even the Star Wars characters were celebrating. Dachshunds and greyhounds marched proudly beside Irish setters and Irish wolfhounds. We cheered for them all. I wish there were more marching bands. Some participants were more entertaining than others and as always, people watching was the best entertainment of all.

 The Vikings showed up.

The Vikings showed up.

 Dachshunds, greyhounds, leprechauns and Irish wolfhounds marched proudly together.

Dachshunds, greyhounds, leprechauns and Irish wolfhounds marched proudly together.

 The bagpipers were the best!

The bagpipers were the best!

 Children of Norway celebrated St. Pat, too!

Children of Norway celebrated St. Pat, too!

 Nothing says "St.Patrick's Day" like Star Wars characters!   

Nothing says "St.Patrick's Day" like Star Wars characters!

 

 Leprechauns on trikes?

Leprechauns on trikes?

All in all, a cold, raw St. Paddy’s Day in Nevada, but it was pleasant and  more importantly, reminded us that Spring’s right around the corner.