Random musings and activities of a 30 something mom, potential sprint triathlete, vegetarian, dog and cat owner, and a evolving urban homesteader just trying to do the right thing in life for my daughter and the world around us. If the blog seems random, it's because life is and hits us all at 100mph.
Saturday, March 20, 2010

PostHeaderIcon St Patrick's Day Parade 2010


St Patrick's Day in Kansas City.  You never know what you're going to get.  This year, I was pleased it fell on spring break week, so we were able to head to the parade. 

It was cold.  Toe numbing cold.

A's biggest concern was seeing the Dancing Cobras (and similar groups) and the Irish Step Dance girls (especially important considering she's only days away from doing her own Irish Step routine at a school assembly).

We found a spot near the end, across from Streetside Records.  Despite the fact we only got there 10 minutes before the start of the parade, we got curb seating (yay mom for bringing the camp chair).  Unfortunately, we had to wait about 45 min before we even saw the start of the parade.  By then, we were already discussing what we were going to eat at Eden Alley before I had to go back to work!

The boys on the balcony of the apartments about 30 yards to the North of us kept us amused until the parade got there.  The best exchange of the day was, "Mama?  Are those people drunk?" Of course there was nothing left to say but "yes, dear.  remember, moderation is key, otherwise you'll look and sound like that."  Her response was a simple, "Oh."  Maybe you had to have been there, but let's chalk it up to an opportunity for a life lesson ;)

After about 45 min of parade and no end in sight, we packed up and headed off to lunch.
Overall, another year, another parade, and one more notch in our tradition of parade watching.


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