Archive for Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Green day: Parade brings out the Irish in St. Patrick’s revelers

Sandbar float goes medieval, named best

The Sandbar lived up to its reputation for float-making by sending a fully crewed castle down Massachusetts Street Wednesday in the 23rd annual Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The Sandbar lived up to its reputation for float-making by sending a fully crewed castle down Massachusetts Street Wednesday in the 23rd annual Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade.

March 17, 2010


Downtown goes green for annual parade

Massachusetts Street was a sea of green Wednesday afternoon as Lawrence turned out for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Enlarge video

Although the sky was overcast, Irish eyes were still smiling — and the sidewalks were still packed — for the annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Green-clad revelers lined the parade route along Massachusetts Street from South Park to Sixth Street, turning out in droves for the 23-year-old Lawrence tradition.

Along with the usual parade standards of marching bands and fire trucks, the crowd was treated to more elaborate productions from a representative assortment of the Lawrence business and cultural communities.

More than 100 floats participated this year, which set a record, including: Asteroid Head Art Club, as members donned surreal masks and rode a giant paper hot dog down the street; Westar Energy, which erected power-line poles on a truck that were being climbed by electricians; and Ace Bail Bonds, which imprisoned children in a giant jail cell.

Despite the increased competition, the Sandbar, the reigning champ for the Grand Prize in the float judging competition, once again reclaimed its pot o’ gold. The downtown bar characteristically went over the top for its medieval-themed showstopper, erecting a two-story drawbridge castle on wheels. The fortified float housed a smoke-spewing, papier-mâché dragon, was preceded by knights on real horses and was populated by warriors boogying to ABBA.

The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Committee hoped to raise $50,000 through the parade and several events for this year’s charities: Women’s Transitional Care Services, Douglas County CASA, Family Promise of Lawrence, VanGo Mobile Arts and the Lawrence Humane Society.


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Sulla 8 years, 3 months ago

Go figure that two-thirds of said parade's participants and spectactors couldn't find Ireland on a map the size of a barn - sober.

woodscolt 8 years, 3 months ago

Often times in articles describing events, the time of said event is included, or not.

MarchSadness 8 years, 3 months ago

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cntrygrl 8 years, 3 months ago

March -

That is horrible! I can't believe that nothing has been said about that.

I must say that I was there with my son yesterday. I was horribly disappointed in the people that were supposed to be doing "crowd control".

My son and I got there at 10:30 so that we would have a good place to sit. But, the people that got there at 12:50 felt that it was ok to push us aside and move in front of us. There was a little old woman that actually knocked my 4 yr old son over to get a set of beads!!

There was another mother with her 2 little girls there. Her daughters each left with 1 piece of candy. When the mother asked this woman and her family to move, the grandaughter, who was at least in her mid 20's, tried to start a fight!!!! She yelled "You should have been here early." WE WERE!!!!!

It's not like we didn't try and move. But, each time we moved the kids up, this woman and her family would again move in front of them.

My son has said that he doesn't want to go again next year because people are mean.


Alison Roberts 8 years, 3 months ago

You cant blame Lawrence for the mean people--blame the mean people. If they pushed their way past you, I'm sure you could have said something...

One of the guys walking alongside our float handing out candy refused to give some to a 16-year-old girl and told her it was for the kids. Her reply..."You're an a$$hole." It amazes me how rude teenagers and even young kids are becoming these days.

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