The Mystic (CT) Irish Parade is a major event in this small New England village. It was a first time attendance for Grenville and myself as we joined other family members on a very chilly parade day.
This year's event was the 12th annual celebration with more than 90 different groups and organizations participating. It was a first time attendance for Grenville and I.
According to parade organizers, this event draws more pipe bands than any other state parade. There are also many fife and drum groups and several high school marching bands representing various CT cities.
Seating was first-come along the Mystic, CT sidewalks as the downtown was closed off a couple of hours in advance of the festivities. Many folks were colorfully attired.
The weather was clear and very chilly as participants kept the crowds entertained.
There was no shortage of colorful characters.
"St Patrick" made at least two appearances; patriots and pirates marched as well.