Today, instead of the planned Part II (I'll post it
later) of the recent walk through interesting
downtown Raleigh, you get to see what was happening
On the most perfect morning, brilliant sunshine,
temperature around 52F (which warmed into the 70's by
afternoon), we threw on some green and headed out to
watch the St. Patrick's Day parade.
Took plenty of pics as the colorful two hour parade
marched, trotted, drove and danced its away along the
route - here are some you might enjoy.
The turnout, as always, was huge for this always fun day,
the good weather bringing out more people from all
around North Carolina and some states beyond.
The parade is always held on the Saturday closest to March 17,
the official St.Patrick's Day.
There were what appeared to be well over a hundred
cute dogs in the parade this year, most were groups
from animal rescue organizations - Irish Wolfhounds,
Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Greyhounds,
Pit Bulls, and of course my favorites, the Basset Hounds.
Cheers for all the groups of the prettiest Irish
dancers - there are at least three schools here as
it's a very popular type of dance.
Music………these great Irish musicians (above) came all the
way from Ohio to entertain us, thanks guys!
………everyone loves a parade and 'wearing of the green'………
and stopping at the best local Irish pub for lunch
before heading home added to our fun day out in the city!
St. Patrick depicted in stained glass
window in St. Benin's Church, Ireland
Erin Go Bragh