The Goodman family once again made the trek up to the Gateway Plaza in Salt Lake City to watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade. We have gone to the parade for at least ten years, since our daughter Emma has been dancing in the parade with the Irish dancing school from which she and her friends take lessons. It was the Crawford School of Irish Dance for many years and is now the Scariff Hardiman School of Irish Dance. We are always at the north end of the Gateway by Old Navy come rain or wind or sunshine. This year we had sun for the first time in many years. The theme this year was "Shamrocks, Shillelaghs, and Shenanigans." the parade is usually made up of Irish dancing schools, Catholic schools, pipe bands, trade unionists, Shriners, family clan organizations, dog clubs, and a few other groups thrown in from year to year. It was an especially long parade this year.
Looking south along the parade route from our spot in front of Old Navy. There are never big crowds where we sit. Most of the people are to the south of us by the fountains and the grassy areas passed the sky bridge.
Gabriel with Aunt Rachel.
The police escort begins the parade followed by the flags and the Hibernian Society banner.
Bagpipe bands are always popular.
The Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Thanksgiving Point is gobs o' fun. Every laddie and every lassie should go!
Civil War contingent.
Little Caesar missed his meeting on the Ides of March and came to the parade.
This is the dancing school my daughter dances with. Most dance schools have their dancers all dressed in their school dance dresses or their competition dresses for the parade. But Scariff Hardiman decided this year to have the dancers dressed as snakes with St Patrick. They won the prize for the best dance presentation.
St Patrick leading/driving the snakes out of Ireland.
The big, green snake is Emma.
And around they go.
The Utah Renaissance Fair.
The parade was much longer than this, but I am ending it here. Some of these pictures are out of order, you you get the idea.