March 08, 2019
Good morning crew,
Our local St. Patrick's Day Irish parade is this weekend. My little town does this every year and it's pretty popular.
The parade route, through what the locals affectionately refer to as 'downtown', is about 15 blocks and it's lined with bars and restaurants. That really brings out the younger crowd who use the parade as an excuse to cram themselves hock-and-jowl into every building with a beer tap inside and drink themselves silly.
Personally, I like to spend at least some time on the sidewalk with the families and the little kids watching the marching bands and the bagpipers, but unfortunately this year it's forecast to be in the low 40s and drizzling all afternoon, so I may be forced to spend the entire parade inside the bars.
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Of course, part of the fun is 'hopping' from bar to bar along the route, so you get to absorb the full spectrum of the local culture, but the veterans (and this will be my fifth parade, so I'm no longer a newbie) like to ensconce themselves in their favorite establishment, preferably within arm's reach of the bar, and enjoy the parade in comfort.
A fairly popular local Irish band will be playing at one of the larger bars, so the wife and I may camp out there for the duration. I already memorized the words to 'Garryowen' so I'll be able to participate in some of the sing-alongs.
Plus, the restaurant right across the street serves a pretty good corned beef and cabbage sandwich.
Laugh it up,
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