Monday, March 22, 2010

I Love A Parade

Fabulous Regalia

Every year on the Sunday following St Patrick's Day, Park Slope Brooklyn has its own little St. Patrick's Day parade. This year's was bigger than any I've seen in the last 8 years.

DSNY Bagpipers

NYC Sanitation Bagpipers

My favorite part is the Irish Setters and the horses. Only this year there were no horses. The Irish Setters always make me smile.

Irish Setter

Irish Setter 2

And the O'Malley Irish Dancing School girls were fun what with the Marie Antoinette hair styles and the costumes.

Irish Dancers with Mop Curls

Irish Dancers with Mop Curls 2

Aran Sweaters and Curls

The parade travels down the main shopping drag and then turns onto our street and marches right past our house. It always brings out the neighbors and today's sunny weather drew a little crowd.

Watching the Parade

This parade is one of three held each year. It's the most formal of the three, with all the Parochial Schools and Irish organizations, Scout troops and marching bands from NYPD, DSNY, etc.

Knights of Columbus bagpipers

Cub Scouts

Car 54 Where Are You

James Madison High School Marching Band

The other parades are the Halloween parade - a loosely organized affair consisting mostly of a rag tag bunch of kids in their costumes, strolling down 7th Ave. with their parents (also in costume), their dogs (also in costume!!) and a small kazoo style band. That parade is hilarious and adorable at the same time.

Old Timer in Aran Knit

Finally there's the Little League Baseball Season Opener parade. It's held on a Saturday morning and the Pee Wees are so cute you want to cry. That parade takes about 10 minutes and then all the kids go into Prospect Park to play ball!

Lucky Charm

You Lookin' At Me?

It's a slice of small town America, right in the heart of Big City Brooklyn NY.


Susie said...

Looks like so much fun! I always say NYC is like a bunch of small towns really close to one another and this is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. Thanks for the great photos!

Chris said...

What a cool parade! I love the aran sweaters!!