Cead Mille Failte! That's Irish for a hundred thousand welcomes. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Over at my writer's blog in the morning, I will be posting my annual nod to the day.
The Ottawa Valley has a strong Irish presence, and so the St. Patrick's parade on Saturday brings in a good number of marchers, floats, and participants. I took in the whole thing; the onlookers were far more present up and down the street from where I happened to be... so there were more people about than appears below. Mounties led the way, but were followed by marching bands, Irish families and associations, a contingent from the Irish embassy, representatives of the fire, police, and paramedic departments, the mayor, and St. Patrick himself. All with snow falling on the city. Yes, it was still snowing on the weekend.