Reviews of St. Patrick's Day Parade
Did any of our bored members attend this year's bacchanal and have any thoughts to share?
Personally, I thought the floats were spaced way too far apart. I often thought the parade was over then along would come another float plodding along off in the distance.
I thought it was odd that there were so many everyday vehicles participating. Maybe instead of just watching next year, I'll sign my car up as float to watch the parade that way.
Also, although I like to see the kids school bands and such, the parade is beginning to look like the Christmas Carnival parade redux.
Overall, the parade itself was a bit disappointing this year although the entire vibe in town was fun. It was interesting to see Derek Shupe, who rented out Lowlife for the day, and his old employer Brew Pub competing for revelers side by side on the boredwalk.
The spacing-out happened last year, too. I watched a car wait for the previous entry to go 2 blocks before starting up again. We ended up walking the reverse of the parade route to see the end before we completely baked. I did hear hear that the Seaborne float took some time making one of the corners. But that doesn't explain the lag completely. No other rhyme or reason that I can see except that the added time probably boosts vendor sales of cold drinks.
My other gripe was allowing vendors to park on the main parade route - out in the street, in some cases. Took up or obstructed prime viewing spaces and maneuvering was tough. Not sure what was up with that.
But overall, it was still fun, and we'll be there again next year.
i thought the parade was supposed to start at 12 and they are never on time starting so we went to kmart first. we got to the parade at about 12-12:30, saw a few kids things, some rocket bikes and 2 floats. there was a lull so we left. by the time we walked home we heard what sounded like more floats. by that time we just did not care.
last year, way too much lag time between floats-we got tired of waiting and walked home.
Parades traditionally start late whether STT, STJ or STX and yes, there are gaps even with very small parades such as those in STJ which goes around the black.
Gives you time to find a drink or chat with friends or other parade viewers.
The energy, costumes, music and antics of the revelers make it all fun.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone.
The St. Pat's parade always starts on time - to my knowledge it's the only one that ever does! I thought it was a great parade this year with lots of participation. There were long lags between floats but that's why you attend with friends so you can socialize during the lull.