The bagpipes are a tradition in the sound of Irish music and drum lines are a tradition in the sounds of a parade. That's what the streets of Omaha were filled with, tradition.
For families like Mandee, Sophia and Jaxson, that meant new traditions. “This is our first time,” said Mandee Dwyer. “It was fun. Did you guys have fun?”
“Yeah,” came the response.
The family was all smiles showing off their new balloons. Irish spirit could be seen throughout the parade. Green hooves on horses, a green-decked out St. Patrick, even two *hooligans* on a roof catching the view. Festive spirits were in view as everyone seemed to be shaking off the cold and blustery winter.
“We love coming out to this parade every year, it's the way we kind of kickoff spring and celebrate St. Patrick's Day,” said Mark Oberlies.
Fun for the kids, too. "I like watching all the people walk through the parade."
"I like the candy and the parade with all the floats.”
After the parade concluded, people weaved through downtown, a sight yet seen this year. “It's great, enjoy seeing people,” said Julie Oberlies.
The sponsor of this year's parade and festivities was the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Visit IrishOmaha.com for info on upcoming St. Patrick's Day activities.