St. Patrick's Day parade comes early for Marco

Plenty o'green in evidence as everybody goes Irish for the day



Sunday's pre-St. Patrick's Day parade on Marco Island brought out plenty o'spectators, most of course with some sort of green in their attire.

Lissa Mann helps keep the rhythm for the Marco Island Charter Middle School marching band.

The procession of floats and groups wound down Bald Eagle Drive from City Hall to Veterans Community Park. As usual, the greatest concentration of spectators was at the Intersection of Bald Eagle Drive and Elkcam Circle leading to the park.

Among the spectators were relatives Margy Bruckford and Diane Wolfe, first-timers at the parade. Both cheerfully admitted not having any Irish blood in them, but that like everybody else watching, they became Irish for a day.

Before and after the parade, a "hooley" party took care of the crowds' eats and drinks needs, and also featured a host of stalls for perusal and purchase of trinkets and souvenirs.

Watch for a story and more photos in the March 12 edition of the Marco Island Sun Times, and also for a photo gallery and video on this site.

Araba Shriners weave down the road during the parade down Bald Eagle Drive.