Saturday, March 11, 2017, was the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Memphis, TN. (Okay, they were a little early.) The official name was the 44th Annual Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I marched in it as one of the members of the Mid-South Renaissance Faire group.
This was my favorite parade participant, a Shriner hillbilly car that blew bubbles.
One of the many musical groups was the Memphis Ukulele Flash Mob.
The Fire Museum of Memphis sent a firetruck.
The Mid-South Buccaneers sent a boarding party, er, marching party.
Floats, cars, marchers, dancers, bagpipes, and more!
Not every St. Patrick’s Day Parade can boast of dinosaurs! The t-rex dancing in the tutu was my son’s favorite part of the parade. Before the parade began, Good Queen Bess made new friends. We’re not sure of they’re her new pets or the new royal guard.
It looks like Jerry Lawler is running for mayor of Memphis again.
Here’s the Mid-South Renaissance Faire group. We have a new location this year, at USA Stadium in Millington, TN, so we wanted to make sure people were aware of the Faire. It will be the last two weekends of August, 8/19-20 and 8/26-27.
Before and after pictures: me at the start of the parade, and me after the parade. By the end, both my hoop skirt and my French hood were slipping. (Please note the green muffin cap beneath my French hood in honor of the day.) The weather was cool and damp, although luckily the rain stopped in time for the parade. The stroll was wearying, but we threw many toy coins, rings, and beads to the children along Beale Street. The youngsters seemed to have a good time, and so did we.
Gramercy to my son Ian, who took all the photos but one, and gramercy to Lauren Rushdi, who took the picture of Queen Elizabeth with the dinosaurs.
Remember, the Mid-South Renaissance Faire will be August 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2017, at USA Stadium in Millington, TN, just off Hwy. 51. You can buy autographed copies of my book, R is for Renaissance Faire there, or you can buy unautographed copies through Amazon.