First off sorry this post is a bit later that they usually are. I have no good excuse, but I do have a sweet topic this week and some great pictures so you can re-live the excitement.
Parade Day. The first Saturday in March each year Binghamton devotes the day to drinking and dancing in the streetswhile everyone wears green. It is our annual St. Patrick's Day celebration, just two weeks early. Why celebrate so early you might ask? I too thought this was an odd phenomena until I experienced the festivities. Apparently we celebrate early here because the NYC bagpipers use this parade as practice for the one in NYC that takes place on the real St. Patty's Day. This year the parade was better than previous years however because therre was not just one band of bagpipe(rs?) but two!
I was actaully suprised at how successful the parade was. It had a great turnout of both college students and community members as well. It was a gorgeous day, the first Binghamton has seen since the end of October. I was impressed with how far people traveled to be a part of the parade, the NYPD and NYFD had a great showing that included people from as far away as New York City. They were all in good spirit and seemed to be enjoying themselves.
I wish I could pick out a favorite part of the day but there are two things that stick out in my mind. The first was that all the floats in the parade were being pulled by John Deere tractors. I thought that nowhere but upstate New York could this be a normal part of a parade. Where I grew up I didn't see many tractors let alone as part of a celebration. They just looked weird and out of place to me.
Another great part of the parade was the green trolley cart titled "Sweet Carry Line." This car immediately brought to mind the song Sweet Caroline and put me into the spirit of the day.
As usual stay lazy and keep up the procrastination.