St. Patrick’s Month

The sprites of spring.
The sprites of spring.

One day is not enough.

While technically St. Patrick’s Day is a few week’s away, this past weekend the City of Alexandria kicked off the green season with a flourish of bagpipes, a swirl of step dancers and a celebration of all things remotely Irish. The inclusiveness of the modern holiday is one of its most endearing qualities. Just as you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy Irish music, beer and storytelling, so too you can march, or dance, or strut in the parade as long as you do it with joy.

It was a cold afternoon, but high spirits and infectious enthusiasm warmed the appreciative crowd.

The City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums get things rolling in black hats and spats.
The City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums get things rolling in black hats and spats.
Some things never out of style.
Some things never go out of style.
Step dancing in the street.
Step dancing in the street.
Irish Scotty
Irish Scotty
Bike riding is green by nature.
Bike riding is green by nature.
The Saint himself parades.
The Saint himself parades.
Irish is a state of mind.
Irish is a state of mind.
Everything's better with kilts.
Everything’s better with kilts.
The Shamrock has landed.
The Shamrock has landed.