It is March, and time for our first parade of the year!
Allan-001. From our vantage point of the formation area on Second Street, we got to observe other units up close.
Allan-002. It is comforting to know that the younger generation is still willing to play “real” music!
Allan-003. And these folks are even younger!
Allan-004. Of course, it was a field day for Irish dancing girls!
Allan-005. The floats were very impressive!
Allan-006. Lots of colors were in evidence.
Allan-007. The Galileo High group was sharp.
Allan-009. Lots of union representation.
Allan-010. Elaborate floats were the norm.
Allan-011. Lots of Irish street names in The City.
Allan-012. Here is a Junior (high school) ROTC unit.
Allan-014. He’s in disguise, but we know who he is.
Allan-015. Carmen was in good spirits!
Allan-016. Ginny incorporated a rain-shield into her hat design. Fortunately, she didn’t need the rain-shield feature!
Allan-017. Hal, Barry, and Mark celebrate the start of the 2012 band season.
Allan-018. Breakfast at the beer cart!
Allan-019. Would you buy a trombone from this guy?
Allan-020. If not, how about this one?
Allan-021. Cindy, Kenny and Keltie are glad to be Irish!
Allan-022. It looks like the parade is starting to move.
Allan-023. Patti decides to add some green to her ensemble.
Allan-024. A quick warmup as we prepare to step off.
Allan-025. Smiley readies his bass drum mount.
Allan-026. Girl talk.
Allan-027. Drum Major Rich gives last-minute instructions.
Allan-028. Jan is ready to go!
Allan-029. So, here we are on Market Street, and Ronni shows off her new cymbals.
Allan-030. These groupies took one look at Harvey’s new green trombone, and were mesmerized.
Allan-031. And we’re off!
Allan-032. Looking good!
Allan-033. Hurry up and wait.
Allan-034. Jan is a hit with the crowd.
Allan-035. Florence, Marin, and her boyfriend anchor the snare section.
Allan-036. Ted offers a taste of breakfast.
Allan-037. Doug is looking good!
Allan-038. A view of the plaza across from City Hall, where various Irish activities were staged.
Rick-001. For Rick’s first photo, here we go up Market Street.
Rick-002. The second of three consecutive shots.
Rick-003. And the third.
Rick-004. Vinnie sounds good, and Harvey is happy!
Rick-005. The whole band is in good spirits!
Rick-006. Biermeister Barry takes it easy, as Ted pushes the cart.
Rick-007. An impressive presentation!
Rick-008. Patti twirls to the delight of the audience.
Rick-009. That trombone line is impressive!
Rick-010. What do you get when you combine mustard and green?
Rick-011. Jo-Ellen and Ginnie are our banner sweethearts today!
Rick-012. Brass was well represented today!
Rick-014. Cyndi and Smiley form the rear guard.
Rick-015. Dick helps out with the low brass.
Rick-016. Jo-Ellen is proud to be with the best band in the West!
Rick-017. Kathy likes Jack’s trombone.
Rick-018. Sounding good!
Rick-019. Cindy and Jack sound off on Tipperary.
Rick-020. The trumpet section is well represented, even though it was supposed to rain.
Rick-021. Mo trips along, as Lou hits the washboard.
Rick-022. Are we ready for the judge’s stand?
Rick-023. Here we come!
Rick-024. No, that’s not a bomb; it’s just steam from a manhole.
Rick-025. Jack and Vinny think we did well today!
Rick-026. Ronni clutches her cymbals and Carmen is in good spirits!
Rick-027. Rich and Cyndi savor the lack of rain today!
Rick-028. Rick and Smiley celebrate the Irish!
Rick-029. Ken and Barry are ready for lunch!
Rick-030. We relax at the end of the parade, before we head to Club 93 for lunch.
Rick-031. Forrest and Doug reflect on a great day in The City.
We are grateful to Forrest, a home brewer, who supplied refreshments to the band today!!