St. Patrick's Day is just a few short days away, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than by heading downtown for the 29th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade!
It was a bit of a chilly afternoon, so Brian and I bundled up, got myself a Shamrock Shake from McDonald's, and we headed out to celebrate the fun Irish holiday with our city!
The parade ranged from many different kinds of "floats" and marching bands, with pretty much everything sporting the Irish flag and a good ol' tune from the green land.
Can't have a St. Patrick's Day parade without some traditional bagpipes!
And shamrocks and clovers, galore!
I remember last year a lot of the dogs sporting some green flair:
And the cars all decked out! It made me really want to add a serene of shamrocks to my own car.
One of the things we love about the Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade is how laid back it is. I mean, just look how comfortable that kid looks lying on the street like it's his own couch!
They also include a ton of culture and diversity which makes Toronto such a great city in the first place.
Even these slightly older guys couldn't help moving to the rhythm of some modern day tunes:
And the sound of an orchestra band always brings me back to my high school days or watching a really good musical.
Back to the Future cars? Why not!
We spotted a few ol' leprechauns trying to spot a pot of gold!
And an Irish pirate? Trying to test her luck out with some worthy candidates.
Brian always loves when the town of Cork ensemble appears. It's the part of Ireland where his family is from.
I thought this bottom float was smart - young kids were actually doing their best to paint the Irish flag on a moving vehicle.
Even Go Transit was dressed down for the occasion!
As the parade started winding down...
... the finale showed Saint Patrick himself! (Kinda funny, isn't it?!)
We ended off our afternoon with a very late lunch at a cozy little place called the Prenup Pub. I got myself a grilled chicken and avocado wrap with beet soup, while Brian splurged for a steak sandwich and french onion soup.
It was the perfect end to a fun, Irish afternoon outdoors!