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Archive for Thursday, March 18, 1999

S DAY PARADE WEDNESDAY.

March 18, 1999

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There were French poodles, Scottish terriers, German shorthairs, and a Welsh Corgi, but if every dog has its day, the Irish Wolfhound made the others in Wednesday's annual Lawrence St. Patrick's Day green with envy.

Dozens of leashed dogs joined the green wave of fire trucks, cars, bagpipers, gymnasts and floats as they paraded from South Park up Massachusetts Street and across the Kansas River bridge.

Melaura Bruce-Guilder sat along Massachusetts Street with her four children, all sporting green hair and glitter for the day.

"Everybody said it's cool," said Joseph Bruce, 9.

Bruce-Guilder's grandfather, who was full-blood Irish, played the bagpipes, she said, pointing to a kilted piper walking down the street.

Spectator Chris Carr, dressed in the traditional "fheilidh beg" (literally little kilt), tried to keep the gentle breeze from lifting his wool garment. Carr, a 22-year-old Kansas University student, said he has Scottish-Welsh ancestry, but is fascinated with the Irish culture.

Carr said he wears the kilt often, and when people ask the eventual question, "What's under the kilt," he supplies the same answer:

"My shoes and my socks," he said.

In the parade's family division, the McDonough family placed first, the Wiggins family placed second and the Rooney family placed third. In the commercial float division, The Sandbar placed first, Crown Amusement placed second and the Douglas County Humane Society and Community Mercantile Cooperative tied for third.

Brookcreek Learning Center placed first in the wee folks division for best dressed and Liam Nelson, a bagpiper for the Red Lyon Tavern, was first in the adult best dressed division, said St. Patrick's Day Parade Chairperson Debi Drummet.

"It came off wonderfully. We had great floats and we were lucky with the weather, said Drummet, who planned to relax with a bit of "Irish cheer" after the parade.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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