March 18, 2018

Saint Patrick's Day 2018

Saint Patrick's Day 2018
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for March 18, 2018

Avery was home from college for Spring Break this week.  When he heard that Toys R' Us was going out of business, he insisted on going there.  He had a lot of good memories of the place from his childhood and wanted to re-live them one more time while he still had the chance.

On Tuesday night, we went out to dinner with Avery and his girlfriend, Emma.  We also had the chance to meet her mother and brother.  They are very nice people and we had a wonderful time at dinner together.

We still have a lot of snow on the ground, but the temperatures have been getting a little higher.  So our albino squirrel friends are starting to show up again looking for food.  We're always so happy to see them.

On Saturday morning, Miss Sheri and I donned our favorite St. Patrick's Day gear and headed to Downtown Saint Paul to attend the annual parade.

Technically, it was the Walters idea to go.  They called us up Friday night and asked if we were interested in going with them so we said "Absolutely!"  We're always up for new adventures.

There was a lot of fun people down there wearing all sorts of festive outfits.

Jen got a little "Horned Up" waiting for the parade to begin.

It was amazing how many people were there both watching the parade and participating in it.  It lasted for more than a couple of hours.  That's a lotta Irish People.

There were some fun bands and fun people watching.  I bet these guys had to be pretty cold under their kilts.

I was watching the parade when Senator Amy Kloubouchar noticed me on the side of the street.  She waved at me and then I asked if it was OK to get a picture with her.  She happily obliged.  What a nice lady!

I loved seeing all the Irish Wolfhounds that were marching so nicely in the parade.  Such good puppies.

I never realized how many Irish families there are in the Twin Cities.  A lot of families had their banners with them and some were more inclusive than others.

Up She Goes was the chant of the day.  It was fun watching these ladies fly although I couldn't help but get a little nervous for them.  They were getting some serious air!

On Saturday night, we went to our friends, The Zitzewitz Family, for their annual "Beer Tasting" party.  Everyone is supposed to bring a couple of 6 packs from various craft breweries and then we all get small tastes of each to discover new favorites.  I think we hit a new record this year by trying more than 20 different beers.  I discovered I'm still pretty much an IPA guy.  

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