We found a perfect spot in the sun close to the Washington Monument in the Mount Vernon area of Baltimore and enjoyed watching the staging of the parade before it began. As we ate our chicken salad sandwiches and other snacks, the pink and green leprechaun brought chocolate gold coins to the children as a pre-parade treat.
The bagpipe bridgades are always a crowd favorite. The costumes, complete with kilt and horsehair sporrans, are gorgeous.
Natalia noticed that they had knives on their belts and in their socks. Her reason for this? "There are dragons in Scotland. Everybody knows that. You know, St. George and the Dragon?" Too funny.
The Mummers are another parade favorite. There were strings groups from as far away as Philadelphia. I wonder how much their costumes weigh?
My girls love Irish Dance and enjoyed seeing all of the Irish Dance schools perform their steps. They want to persuade their teacher to participate next year. Wouldn't that be fun?
I overheard a little girl asking if Santa Claus was going to come at the end of the parade. There's no Santa, but there was a friendly leprechaun.
Everyone wore their best green for the celebration including my minnies. It was funny to see them pile on more and more St. Patrick's Day accessories as they acquired more and more green beads. The girls' shirts are from Etsy and are embroidered in pink and green.
I decided to show my spirit with a crisp white Elizabeth McKay tunic embroidered in green and a green clover necklace from Fornash.
What a wonderful day!