St Patrick’s Day Parade One

St. Patrick must have been a cool guy. He gets two parades in Connecticut and his birthday is still a week away! Why do Hartford and New Haven hold their St. Patrick’s Day parades this weekend even though the actual St. Patrick’s Day is next Saturday? I have no clue!

The Hartford parade was this morning. FoxCT had a float (aka-flatbed truck with our air staff) going which meant a quick turnaround from last night’s 11:00 PM news.

I was home at 12:20 AM, in bed by 3:30 AM, awake at 7:45 AM and back at the station by 9:15 AM. That’s when hurry up and wait began.

Let’s face it, there is no monumental undertaking like a parade without some hurry up and wait. Because we were at the back of the line-of-march our wait was the longest. We watched other units return to their vehicles and drive home before we left the staging area.

As predicted it was cold! I arrived in Hartford with the temperature in the mid-30s and a chilling breeze.

Helaine found my “union suit,” red thermal underwear that covers shoulders to calves. Bless you Helaine.

Our float didn’t leave the Capitol until about 12:20. The streets were packed. I snapped photos while my colleagues threw plastic bead necklaces to the crowd.

We do it again Sunday in front of a larger crowd in New Haven. I’m ready.

6 Responses to “St Patrick’s Day Parade One”

  1. Kevbo says:

    It’s C-A-P-I-T-O-L, not capital.

  2. Lou Lange says:

    Looked like fun, Geoff. And the spelling error can be forgiven with the schedule you were on.
    Hope the New Haven parade goes well too!

  3. Anne says:

    Wonderful pics — next best thing to being there. THANKS!

  4. Lisa says:

    I am glad Fox had the parade on tv, I watched it,
    wish I was there.

  5. Kim M says:

    It looked like alot of fun. Awesome pictures. Have a good time at the New Haven parade.

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