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Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Parade - San Diego - March 17, 2012

What could be better than a huge St. Patrick's Day Parade in sunny San Diego? Well, that didn't happen this year. Sure, it was sunny and pushing 80F on Saturday in lots of places  . . . like in Minneapolis. Meanwhile, Heather and I were standing out on the street in the cold rain and wind in San Diego, while the TV stations were all dusting off their Storm of the Century graphics for use on that evening's newscasts. What a change from last year! As usual, the firefighters lead things off - the 32nd Annual San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade.


There were much fewer entries this year, and no problem finding parking or a good spot on the street to watch the parade from. Even though it was pretty cold and wet, we had a great time. A group of about 10 of us from our local photo club got together for this. We shielded our cameras with plastic bags and makeshift rain capes, and did out best to keep the water droplets off the front of the lenses (not always successfully). The only downside to all being in pretty much the same spot is that many of our pictures look alike. 




The local Corvette owner's club traditionally provides the cars for the special guests, but none of them seemed to want to drive with roofs off. This is as much as we saw of the Mayor of San Diego.


Quite a few of the scheduled entrants didn't show up, but it was good to see that many did. 



Our good friend Robert is driving this old 1966 Dodge Polara Sheriff's Department cruiser, his wife, also a deputy, is riding shotgun.






Even in the cold and rain everyone was having a good time.



This guy looked to be having the most fun of all. On the wet pavement he was able to do some great spins with those hard plastic rear wheels.


We even had our own private sound track for a while. This guy was sitting right behind where we were standing. He was pretty good too.


All in all it was a great day to be out. No matter what the weather is like it's hard not to have fun when everyone around you is having a great time.



Click here to see more images from the 32nd Annual San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2012.
    

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