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Photos: Clear Skies Kickoff Second Annual St. Paddy's Parade

Rain gives way to clear skies and good times as Kings Park proudly salutes its Irish heritage.

A wet morning gave way to clear skies, just in time for the noon step off of the 2nd Annual Kings Park St. Patrick's Day Parade.

"Irish eyes were smiling on us today," said one parade goer. "I knew the rain would stop," she said.

More than 100 organizations marched in the parade alongside a cavalry of classic cars and fire trucks.

Restaurants such as Relish set up shop outside to serve revelers food and drink. Tents were set up in the parking lot and beer was on tap as parade watchers enjoyed corned beef sandwiches and listened to live Irish music.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall marked the end of the parade route and had a packed house, serving as a gathering place for anyone who wanted to grab a drink and a bite to eat.

Parade floats were fun and lively, or should we say alive. Live farm animals were stocked on the float from Raleigh's Farm. The Statue of Liberty adorned the Park Lounge's, while Shanahan's entry had live music.

"Talk about Kings Park pride," said parade organizer John Gallagher, "we got wet from the rain at the beginning, but everyone was so great to show and we finally got one of the most beautiful days afterall."

Last year's act was hard to follow, but it looks like Kings Park might have set the bar just a wee higher this year. Mr. Denis, have you started planning for next year yet?

diane tabone March 04, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Great Pictures! Shows the "Irish" town spirit that lives in Kings Park! Thanks to all who helped to organize such a wonderful day!
News Man March 05, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Love those photos and the one with guys with green beards.
Christine Dabrowski March 05, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Beautiful & Many, Many THANKS for all the hard work that made this great Day Possible. You are all Blessed in many ways!!! Thank-you all ,again! Chris & Family
John J. Gallagher March 05, 2012 at 07:14 PM
And we can keep the spirit going most of the month......the BIG DAY itself isn't for another 2 weeks......would you want to see my musical slide show of the parade and the festivities??? I has the entire parade, all the Pipers, the floats, the grandstands, the people along the parade route, inside Shanahans, VFW hall, and Napper Tandys.....accompanied by at least 18 different Irish Pub/beer/ dance Songs throughout......let me know.....jgmotivator@optonline.net
Peggy Gilmartin March 06, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Great Parade, Irish Eyes were Smiling all over the place! Would love to see the musical slide show John!

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