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Thursday, March 16, 2006

World's Smallest Parade in KC Metro Area?

Since 1978 the annual Blue Springs Shortest and Smallest St. Patrick's Day Parade, has three official paraders who walk 66 feet on Main Street, from Donna Swope's Flower Shop and Soda Fountain to the Gridiron Lounge, in about thirty seconds.

There are floats - they carry ice cream floats (green surprisingly) and they sing When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - presumably the 30-second free clip from Amazon - and as The X reports, they claim crowds of up to 200.

However, over in Enterprise, Alabama, since 1993 there is a parade of one where a different person of Irish descent each year holds an Irish flag, carries a pot of gold, and recites limericks as they walk past the courthouse and around a monument (of an insect). I love the selection of the absent Grand Marshall.

Other places make similar claims - but I like Blue Springs and the history of its parade, especially since it's not all that different from the birth of the modern parade in downtown Kansas City.


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