The St. Patrick's Day Parade is a big event with lots of participation. Actually, there are probably more people in the parade, than watching it! The parade musters in our yard (formerly Penny's yard) and we've decided to continue the tradition. This year we also organized and led the Kazoo Band.
Participants in the parade are two, four and no legged. The Mullen boys brought their pet snakes to return them to Ireland! The parade mascot was an adorable donkey who was a little overwhelmed with the crowd and all the horses and dogs.
The parade route is a straight line from our yard, past the Library and Post Office to the Portal Store & Cafe. About 1/4 mile and it's over pretty quickly. Everyone gathers in the library after the parade for the introduction of our new honorary mayor and to sing Irish songs. It's a fun day.
We are trying to hike or at least walk a few miles every day and sometimes we're just too busy! I'm working on my butterfly & hummingbird garden now and hope to get it finished next week with flowering native plants and a water feature.
The gray foxes and striped skunks are regular visitors in the yard, cleaning up the birdseed that is dropped on the ground each day. Our cliff chipmonks have kids and Mr. Brown (our dog) watches them through the windows as they nibble the flowers off the Wisteria.
The Friends of the Myrtle Kraft Library opened the bookstore with much fanfare and a hotdog lunch. Recognition was given to Jon & Mary Lacey for their yearlong dedication to getting the building stabilized for use. Thanks also to Peter Grill for his hard work.
It does take a village!