Saturday, March 17, 2012

Top O' The Mornin' To Ya!

Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, or St. Paddy's Day at the folks in Melbourne, FL like to say. We heard a lot about Megan O'Malley's Restaurant and Pub's BIG St. Paddy's Day celebration in downtown Melbourne. Exhibitors, bands, bagpipes, (one of Sparky's favorite things to see) green beer, Irish dancers, Irish bands AND a parade. It's an annual tradition in Melbourne for all of the above.....Time to go to Melbourne, Eldo. He's so agreeable, we did!

It was fun! A terrific parade with the usual old cars, politicians, bands, but there were some additions that you don't normally see, which we enjoyed.....Pest control companies advertising...Ever see one of those cute Truly Nolen cars in Florida? They look like mice! I don't know anything about the company, but they sure have cute cars! There were the Molly Roger Roller Derby girls and they had energy and pep! There was the New Jersey contingent kazoo band. They were awesome! :-) wink, wink!  A percussion drum group that had the best rhythm going and got Sparky almost dancing in the street.....A very Caribbean sounding group....
And of course, there are always cute kids either in the parade or watching....This young lass was enjoying her fire truck ride with her mom and dad....
After the parade, we walked around and saw how much Melbourne REALLY gets into St. Patrick's Day.....There was green beer and a portable street bar that pulled up in a trailer, and the bar stools came out of the sides of the trailer. It even was complete with an upper deck. We walked around and looked at all the great St. Patrick's Day spirit that was so evident. We heard the bagpipers...They were AWESOME!  When they played "Amazing Grace", it brought tears to people's eyes.

Everybody was wearing green and I mean just about everybody....

This is not your average family, that's for sure! What great St. Paddy's Day spirit!
There was so much wearin' o' the green, it felt like everybody was Irish! We really enjoyed our day today, and Eldo even got to have his green beer.  Hope everyone had an enjoyable day for St. Patrick's Day!


  1. Wow ... some people do go all out, don't they! Those outfits are something else.

  2. I love parades like this where everyone gets involved. What a fun timed! ~wheresweaver

  3. I love parades like this where everyone gets involved. What a fun timed! ~wheresweaver

  4. You certainly saw your share of the green!! Sounds like you had a great time!!