PHOTOSTREAM: St. Patrick’s Day Parade by Anastasia Pantsios

03/17/2024 St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sun 3/17

The weather was wildly changeable, from hot to cold, sunny to overcast, snow to clear. But as usual, a diverse crowd of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities and species turned up for Cleveland’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, much of it sporting emerald green. Local Irish leaders and politicians (not all Irish) led off the lengthy procession of more than 100 delegations ranging from Irish clubs and dance schools, labor unions and high school marching bands to organizations such as the Cleveland Public Library, the Burning River Roller Derby girls, Ukrainian dancers, and a multi-part group from the Asian community with drummers and dragon dancers.

And there were animals — lots more than usual. The Irish wolfhounds and Irish setters strolled down Superior as usual, but there was also a greyhound rescue (any dog with a green bandana was available for adoption) and the eager-beaver pitbulls from City Dogs, also looking for adopters. There were horses too, ranging in size from tiny therapy ponies to the big draft horses from Lake Metroparks, their hoofs adorned with green glitter. We spotted no cats, however. Crowds of revelers just aren’t their thing.

View the PHOTOSTREAM here.



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