Monday Morning – Parade Season is Here
The annual St. Patrick’s Day parades around the country kick off the long-awaited parade season for the year. In many areas it is still pretty chilly in mid-March, but that doesn’t stop the pipers as they march along celebrating the Irish heritage that is so prevalent in the fire and police departments. The two “biggies” are the huge parades in New York and Chicago on the 17th with the Windy City continuing its novel practice of pouring thousands of gallons of green food coloring into the Chicago River turning it green for the entire day.
Most communities hold their parades on weekend days so that both marchers and watchers have a better opportunity to attend. So you end up with about three weekends in March that are filled with the first parades of the year. This was the case in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 5 when the Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society pipe band gathered in front of fire station 201 for this group photo prior to the stepping-off of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in that city.
In Delray Beach, Florida, they hold what is claimed to be the largest St. Patrick’s parade in Florida and nobody doubts that. They combine it with a sizeable participation of fire trucks, firefighters, and more pipers making it also one of the state’s biggest fire department parades.
A big part of all community parades through the Spring and Summer months are the firetrucks that are always crowd favorites. The local FD’s send pumpers and trucks over to fill out the ranks and some areas are fortunate to have local antique firetruck clubs that can bring some old engines over to add to the gaiety of the day. Yesterday (Sunday) the Raleigh (North Carolina) Fire Department Historical Society gathered some of their antiques for a photo shoot and it looks like they had fun doing it. I’ll bet they’re looking forward to “parade season,” too.
Alright, it’s time for us to march over to our equipment and get it checked out for today. Remember it’s Monday, so the long checksheet today. I’m going to get more coffee started. See you back in the day room later.
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