Archive for Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thousands turn out for annual St. Pat’s Parade

Thousands enjoy parade, great weather downtown

The trio escorting the Irish flag at the head of the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade crosses the intersection of Seventh and Massachusetts streets Tuesday in downtown Lawrence.

The trio escorting the Irish flag at the head of the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade crosses the intersection of Seventh and Massachusetts streets Tuesday in downtown Lawrence.

March 18, 2009, 12:00 a.m. Updated March 24, 2009, 10:10 a.m.


2009 St. Patrick's Day Parade

With college students out on spring break and pleasant temperatures, people celebrated St. Patrick's Day in style.

Irish eyes were smiling in Lawrence on Tuesday, as thousands of people lined Massachusetts Street for the 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

“This is the best weather I have seen for many years,” said Sue Simmons, a Lawrence resident who has been attending the parades for as long as she could remember.

The warm sun and clear sky were a far cry from last year’s chilly deluge.

“Last year it was raining and cold and windy and it wasn’t hard to get a parking spot — but this year you can’t get a parking spot,” Simmons said.

Vendors sold green cotton candy and plastic “Kiss Me” beads along the street. From green hats to a green lady liberty, everyone was in high spirits.

“St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday,” said Cheyenne Frohlich, 18, from Garnett. “I like green.”

Although Frohlich had not been to many St. Patrick’s Day parades, some attendees were weathered veterans.

“How many years have we come to St. Patrick’s Day parades? Over 20 years,” Lori Warren said.

The visitor from Gardner came to the parade with her sister and was pleased with the good weather and family-friendly environment. “It’s beautiful out. I enjoy the parade — it’s much better than downtown Kansas City … (which) is getting too busy and too crazy,” she said.

Lawrence police responded to a disturbance and a battery call in the 900 block of Massachusetts Street during the parade. Capt. Lexie Engleman, of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, said the department handled a couple of medical calls but nothing major.

Winning entries

Here are the winning entries:

• Commercial division: Berry Plastics, first; Teapouro Tea & Espresso, second; G-Force Athletics, third; and Humane Society, honorable mention. First through third places receive a plaque and a cash prize.

• Family division: WRAP Program, first; Asteroid Head Art Club, second; County Fair Swim Club, third; and Recovery and Hope Network, honorable mention. First through third places receive a plaque and a cash prize.

• Best Dressed Wee Little Irish Folk: Kendall Feurt.

• Best Dressed Adult Irish Folk: Matt Finley, drum major of Jefferson County Marching Band.

• Grand prize traveling trophy: Kennedy Glass/Combs Custom Cycle. The Sandbar was awarded honorable mention.


rollcar 9 years ago

Fun parade, but seriously lacking in the candy department. And no, Bigg's BBQ coupons don't quite pick up the slack!

Chris Ogle 9 years ago

A good day... perfect weather, friendly people, beer What more could you ask for?

somebodynew 9 years ago

If you want to read people complaining about a parade go to the CapJournal site and read those comments.

fairplay 9 years ago

Quick...if someone were looking for people who could take the good will and cheer out of a magnificent event...where would you look?

The Journal World Comments Section!!!!

Congratulations, you goons. You have now complained about an event that was free to you, benefited local charities and went over without a hiccup. It's because of whiners like you that people lose their motivation and willingness to work for the betterment of the community.

nbnozzy 9 years ago

The 2 gentlemen in the pic are Mike Rebich (sp) who worked for ABC Sports and Bill (Sully) Sullivan who comes over every year from Ireland to be in the parade. Our lil Lawrence festival must be something grand to get folks to come from thousand of miles away to celebrate with us.

justforfun 9 years ago

Oh for the love of green RETICENT_IRREVERENT
Call OSHA next time! By the way you forgot liver damage to those who were drinking, Lung damage to those who smoke, Next time stay home in your foam box!!! JEEEEZ

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years ago

the young lady on the trampoline was onlt aloud to perform when the truck was stopped, the kid on his mini bikewas doing like 2 miles an hour, the children rideing in the floats where well supervised and I think the people running alone side are at more risk them the riders. As for the humane society I would imagine they where thinking it was less stress and harm to the dogs if they where stuffed, it was a warm day and a long wait for them from staging time to end of the parade. It was a very nice parade enjoyed by all those around me and my family I would say better than it has been in a few years.

rollcar 9 years ago

No one said the parade wasn't a good time, we are all simply commenting in a COMMENT FORUM. Kids go to parades expecting candy, similar to trick-or-treating. It's part of the tradition. Great parade, stingy with the candy.

Lighten up, Francis.

Phil Minkin 9 years ago

Reticent would complain if he were hung with an brand new rope....not a bad idea.

Maddy Griffin 9 years ago

The parade was a lot of fun, as it is every year. I'm sorry to see that the Sandbar float only received "honorable mention". It is the float we want to see every year. They always do something cute. I wish there had been more candy and fewer flyers but since we had just eaten lunch at Jefferson's, the grandkids didn't need it anyway. And what happened to the big planes that usually open the parade? I missed the "sonic boom". We noticed the big transport helicopter, but it wasn't the same.

Linda Aikins 9 years ago

If you read this regularly, you will know that reticent is full of it - and as far as I know doesn't mean what he prints. Now he is probably pulling your chain, and it apparently is working!

The parade looked like fun. Sorry I didn't get to see it!

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