Many thousands line the new St. Patrick Day Parade route

The beautiful day...sunny and in the mid 70s...was a big draw to this year's St. Patrick Day parade. Featuring a huge 4-story tall balloon of "himself", the scores of parade entrants moved slowly down Broadway from Linwood Boulevard at Redemptorist Church through Westport and ending at 43rd and J. C. Nichols Parkway. People lined up as many as ten deep along the parade route. Heading the parade were groups such as the Knights of Columbus in full-regalia and the Royal Order of Hibernians. Well-known restauranteur, Carl di Capo, instead of waving to the crowd as his float passed by was giving the Sign of the Cross in a layman's style of blessing.

The crowd, at least as far as we could see was boisterous and happy, but not rowdy. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the sunshine and caught up in the fun of the event - not looking to make trouble.

We propose that Old St. Patrick Oratory prepare a float for next year's parade. It looks like it would be great fun and pretty good publicity for our parish and for the Latin Mass.

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