March 13, 2010
For a few hours, everyone was Irish!
It was cold and wet Saturday -- "Just like Ireland," said one parade-goer. Perfect weather, in other words, for Racine's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
For over an hour they marched up Main Street and then to City Hall. There were politicians -- Mayor John Dickert and Aldermen Jeff Coe and Jim Kaplan (only Coe wore a kilt), and would-be-judges Georgia Herrera and Gene Gasiorkiewicz (neither of them with an ounce of Irish blood, I'd guess, although Gene faked it amusingly with the sign on his car). And there were dogs up for adoption. And bagpipers, more men in kilts, enthusiastic young dancers and plenty of Irish music.
Fewer floats than usual, was the feeling; and fewer parade-watchers than in previous years when the weather was dryer. But lots of smiles, candy, green beads and happy children. And, yes, a few cups of green beer to take the edge off the cold weather -- and to remind us of what we could be doing if only we were in Dublin...