Friday, March 23, 2007

St. Patrick's Day Parade

We went to the St. Patrick's Day parade on St. Charles St. in New Orleans last Saturday with James' brother and his wife. We had fun. It was the first time we'd to New Orleans for fun (instead of clean up work) since August. It was a nice day, the weather was great. There was a large crowd, and most everyone was dressed for the occasion.

There very several folks sporting these festive green wigs.

This guy was walking in the parade with a group of about 30 men, and there were all wearing these giant green foam cowboy hats.

He was the driver of a convertible in the float. Nice touch with the green Mohawk. This might be the couple that was in that convertible. I'm not sure. They were throwing out Mardi Gras beads.

James with 2 fellow on lookers. They came prepared with their own cooler full of their beverage of choice. And yes, they were really smoking those pipes, but nothing illegal.

Another parade participant. There were a number of groups of men, supposedly New Orleans residents of Irish decent. They were dressed in tuxes, tennis shoes, and a hat. They passed out silk roses - but for a price - you had to kiss them. NO thanks - not for a fake rose. There were a few of them that had fresh flowers, but still. . .

A happy dog enjoying the festivities. Our doggies missed the parade. We considered taking them, but one of us would've had to spend the time a the parade trying to calm Lily down. She doesn't like crowds. She was happier in her yard at home.

This was an Irish dance troupe. The girls were very talented, some of them were very small - only about 5 years old.

A band on a moving float.

A scary leprechaun. . .

And a happy leprechaun.

And a float with Marilyn Monroe, although I don't know what she has to do with St. Patrick's Day. We left the parade with a few bagfuls of goodies. They threw out produce from the floats. We caught 6 cabbages, carrots, potatoes, and onions. We left the cabbages because they looked dirty, and James is the only one of us who will eat cooked cabbage. We also left with about 15 lbs of Mardi Gras beads, stuffed animal toys, a yo-yo, and some magnets - one of a budda wearing a cowboy hat.

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