St. Patrick’s Day Parade
San Francisco

March 12, 2011

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Our first big parade of the year is the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year, we had the best weather in many years, and a big turnout for both spectators and band members!

The following photos were contributed by Steve Kapalko.




[SK-126] Florence takes the CalTrain into The City for the big parade.




[SK-136] David is one of the first ones to arrive at our formation spot on Second Street.




[SK-138] Boris and Chris can’t wait to hear the roar of the crowds!




[SK-139] Ellen and Suzie-Q bring their snares to the party.




[SK-141] Before long, we have a quorum.




[SK-143] Vinny warms up on few numbers.




[SK-144] Barry is happy, because he remembered his Allen wrench.




[SK-146] Everyone is in good spirits, because the St Patrick’s weather is better than it has been in years.




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[SK-150] Jan is ready to go.




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[SK-154] Suzie-Q tells Jim how great it is to be Irish.




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[SK-162] We finally approach the start of the parade at Second and Market.




[SK-167] And away we go!




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[SK-169] Patti is in good form!




[SK-171] Our banner lets the spectators know that something is about to happen!




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[SK-173] Dave is our drum major today!




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[SK-178] Smiley’s drum trolley is giving him some trouble as he navigates up Market Street.




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[SK-187] Patti poses with a couple of future twirlers.




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[SK-191] Chris waves to the roaring crowd!




[SK-201] Doug’s percussion section is in good form!




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[SK-243] Carmen and Keltie like to swing and sway with their saxes.




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[SK-285] Three Sousaphones make a great impression!




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[SK-325] Cindy is practicing her signals.




[SK-326] Jimmhy is pleased with the band’s sound today!




[SK-327] Xaphoonist Ross alternates as a juggler.




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[SK-350] Harvey must be saying something important here.




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[SK-372] Carty wore his Irish shirt today!




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[SK-398] Sax man Matt joined us along the parade route.




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[SK-408] Do you think she could pass through the TSA?




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[SK-431] So, we’re finally in the queue for the judging stand!




[SK-439] The dignitaries await our performance.




[SK-450] Here we come!




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[SK-487] And now for some refreshment!




[SK-489] Doug and Jim congratulate each other.




[SK-494] Smiley made it through with his drum.




[SK-499] Erik is pleased with our performance today.




[SK-500] Jack is happy, too.




[SK-523] Marin and Laura love good music!




[SK-526] Anders tries his hand at the pocket trumpet.




[SK-538] Now it’s time to visit the Club 93 for some corned beef lunch!




[SK-547] Will play for food.




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[SK-566] The party’s over, and time to hitch a ride home!









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