Las Vegas Sun

September 2, 2014

Currently: 79° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

St. Patrick’s Day:

A perfect day for the sharin’ o’ the green in Henderson

Image

Yasmina Chavez

Parade goers sit on the sidewalk during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Henderson, Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013.

2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Luce, left, and Otter wear their green bow ties during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Henderson, Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Knights with swords, helmets and shields marched down Water Street in Henderson on Saturday, along with a gorilla carrying a man in a cage and miniature cars with full-grown men stuffed in the driver’s seats.

It was the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and the column of people stretched up Water Street and swung around to travel parallel with Lake Mead Boulevard.

Children stood wide-eyed and smiling as strange clowns on motorized tricycles and back-flipping cheerleaders traveled down the road. The parade included classic cars and trucks, and of course, many people dressed from head to toe in green.

Standing alongside the legion of children with mouths agape was 66-year-old David Foster.

“There’s a lot of green in the desert today,” he said, in a thick, Irish accent.

No, he wasn’t there just because he’s Irish. He likes the parade because it’s a great way to break up the day. He even called his friends and tried to get them to enjoy the weekend of festivities with him, but there were no takers.

He likes that people embrace the Irish tradition, but mostly, he said, it’s about having fun.

“Everybody is enjoying themselves today,” Foster said. “I think everybody has a little bit of Irish in them."

He’ll be back tomorrow for the last day of the festivities.

One little boy sat safely on his father’s hip, pointing to the parade and offering his lollipop to passers-by.

“We’re loving the cheerleaders and the cars,” said the boy’s father, Mark Fitzgerald. “The parade’s a great place to bring kids.”

The sidewalks were packed with people and parking was difficult. Local watering holes were doling out drinks to thirsty parade-watchers.

Maricela Garcia said the inconvenience is worth it to get her kids outside.

“It’s something they can come and enjoy because there aren’t a lot of family things in Las Vegas,” she said.

Garcia had come to the parade from Las Vegas with her husband and two children.

She said they attend the parade sporadically but chose this year because it was a good event the whole family could enjoy.

There will be more festivities Sunday, including a carnival from noon to 9 p.m.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 1 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. Ja, sure. Nice to see some remember parts of our culture. The dogs look good.