St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

March 16th, 2013 was a perfect day for having a parade. The weather was so gorgeous that the turnout for the parade was 10,000 people more than last year for a total of 110,000 attendees. Greenville Avenue was a sea of green.

2013 St. Patrick's Parade.jpg Ron and Phyllis

The parade was led by Marcus Blake, Brendan Smith and Josh Perry carrying the United States, Texas, and Ireland flags. Following them were our flag bearers and banner carriers representing 32 counties. Next came our Irish Person of the Year, Cynthia McDonald, in a beautiful blake convertible, driven by her husband, Tim. Our float displayed the 4 province banners on the sides and a Celtic Cross that was 10 feet tall in the back and there was a leprechaun riding aboard. Scott Huffman, 8 years old, and Zander Huffman, 5 years old, were our newest members and were recruited by Sheila Balagna at NTIF along with their mom and dad, Trinity and Jeremy Huffman. The whole family gladly volunteered to carry banners and the two boys rode on the float. Zander brought his bubble blowing machine and the crowd loved him, begging for more bubbles. Jim Logue also rode on the float due to a hurt ankle and we were so glad that he did. Jim provided animation and much excitement due to the rousing Irish music that he was dancing to. He had the crowds cheering for St. Patrick. Many of the revelers mistaken St. Patrick for the new Pope, Jorge from Argentina. They yelled out “Look! The Pope!” and asked for a papal blessing. One group in particular started chanting “Jorge, Jorge, Jorge”. St. Patrick (alias the Pope) blessed all 110,000 people and you could tell that they were very pleased.

Our St. Patrick (Richard Anderson) was yelled at by the crowd. They called him Pope and chanted Jorge, Jorge, Jorge. He gave papal blessings to all of the revelers.

Our St. Patrick (Richard Anderson) was yelled at by the crowd. They called him Pope and chanted Jorge, Jorge, Jorge. He gave papal blessings to all of the revelers.

Thank you, Richard Anderson, for doing such a fine job of being our St. Patrick.

Fortunately, there were no injuries, in spite of the hundreds of tortillas and marshmallows that were pummeled toward us, but we did go home kind of sticky. We want to thank the Gaelic Athletic Association for providing entertainment with their excellent skills in Irish football and overall good cheer. What a great group of lads and lassies! Bill Neil, a seasoned parade organizer, drove our float and provided a bull horn that I am positive was the reason that we were able to pull it off without a single mistake.

2013 St. Patrick's Parade

A big thank you goes out to all of the parade committee: Patricia Dillingham, Debbie Perry, Patti Winston, Bill Neil, Phylis Lawson, Richard Anderson. Also, a big thank you to all of the volunteers for carrying the banners and flags, decorating the float and just generally anything that was needed. It takes a village to have a parade and we have one fantastic Irish village.

Flag Carriers Brendan Smith and Marcus Blake, with James Joyce book presentation by Leo Crowley to Brendan and Erin Smith.

Flag Carriers Brendan Smith and Marcus Blake, with James Joyce book presentation by Leo Crowley to Brendan and Erin Smith.

Lynne Barnard, Richard Muldoon, Esther Hopkins

Lynne Barnard, Richard Muldoon, Esther Hopkins

Flag carriers Brendan Smith and Marcus Blake

Flag carriers Brendan Smith and Marcus Blake

Genial Trinity Hall Ambassador Leo Crowley welcomes St Patrick's Day visitors 1) Irish American Society members (Jeanne Gindle and Family)

Genial Trinity Hall Ambassador Leo Crowley welcomes St Patrick’s Day visitors and Irish American Society members Jeanne Gindle and family.

Texas Sons of St Patrick Motorcycle club

Texas Sons of St Patrick Motorcycle club

The Mayor and Citizens of Greenville avenue

The Mayor and Citizens of Greenville avenue

St Baldrick's: Genial Ambassador Leo Crowley.

St Baldrick’s: Genial Ambassador Leo Crowley.

 

GAA represented at the St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013

GAA represented at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013

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