Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Greenville’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has come a long way in two years. We last attended in 2013, when daylight savings time threw the start time off by an hour making the wait longer than the parade. This year we were not completely sure when the parade was set to start and arrived a bit early on the morning of Sunday the 8th. The boys headed into Fluor Field to check out the scene while I staked out a spot, and before we knew it the parade was on!
This year the parade route was three times as long as on our last visit, starting at 1:30 at the intersection of Coffee & Main Street. We caught them at the very end of the parade route, at Fluor Field. Upon finishing, the bagpipers and flags made a circuit of the green.
A larger to-do also meant larger crowds. It was nearly impossible to navigate the mass of people inside the stadium with the stroller, and forget the children’s activities – the lines were hours long. Although some of the Irish fare sounded appetizing, the more popular items quickly sold out and so we settled for some cotton candy.
It’s great to see Greenville get into the spirit. On this day I hope you enjoy your green eggs and ham, your green beer or your green Chicago river, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!