Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

We did not got to the parade downtown today, but that’s OK. We went to the Saint Patrick’s Day parade at Olivia’s preschool yesterday.

They’re lining up in the schoolyard to march up and down the esplanade on Heights Boulevard. Note the nifty homemade green vests and the nattily sprayed green hair. Click on for more.

I do believe she’s spotted us.

The pipes and drum lead the parade. As you know, all bagpipes come preloaded with three songs: “Scotland the Brave”, “Amazing Grace”, and “The Minstrel Boy”. This one also played the Notre Dame fight song. Sadly for the Fighting Irish, their luck was not in yesterday.

And here come the children, with an older group leading the way.

Finally, here’s Olivia and her classmates. Some of those vests did not survive the trip. If you know anything about 2- and 3-year olds, this is not a surprise.

So Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everybody! A couple of years ago, I wrote a few thoughts about the day and the concept that Everyone Is Irish On Saint Patrick’s Day. Looking at the crowd yesterday, it was clear everyone bought into that. Rereading what I wrote from four years ago, I’d have to say as a 3/8ths Irishman that it’s a good thing. What do you think?

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