I'll admit it up front...I am from Utah, but I didn't know that Salt Lake even held a St. Patrick's Day Parade! So, it's kind of funny that our friends (who have lived in Utah less than 2 years) knew about it and invited us to go with them. It turns out that it's a pretty big parade with floats and everything (2nd largest parade in the state)! Sure there were some things non-Irish in the parade, but there were plenty of bagpipes, kilts, and shamrocks to be seen. There were even a bunch of really cool (big!) Irish wolfhounds.
Just in case you didn't get your fill of bagpipes on St. Patty's day, here are some for your viewing pleasure:
People viewed the parade street-side as well as from the upper level of the Gateway. Sweet horse & carriage, huh?
Noah & his friend Michael enjoying the parade.
I may not have taken the time to deck Noah out in lots of green or paint his face, but that didn't keep him from really getting into the festivities! He absolutely loved the parade. And, every time that music would come by he was on his feet doing some sort of jig, like this...
As I thoroughly described in an earlier post, Noah currently has quite the fascination with fires and firemen, so you can bet that this was one of the highlights of the parade for him:
Speaking of which...
We didn't make it through the whole parade since Lincoln was throwing some pretty big fits and Mark (who doesn't like parades anyway) was understandably getting sick of doing tantrum-duty. Since we were watching the parade on the street right in front of the Children's Museum we decided to just take the kids in there and let them burn off some energy. Noah bee-lined for the fireman getup (above picture), and he and Lincoln then puttered around in these little cars before moving on to explore more of the museum.
Thanks, Donnellys (their name couldn't be any more Irish, could it?) for getting us out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. We had a great time! Luck of the not-very-Irish for us to have friends like you!