Thousands Attend Topeka's St. Patrick's Day Parade

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-The luck of the Irish may not have had the luck with weather on their side but that didn't stop them from celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

People bundled up outside for the 34th annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Even though the weather was colder than previous years, it hasn't put a damper on the mood.

"It's cold but it's one of my favorite holidays so we're excited about it, "said John Cronister, an attendee who has been to the parade 12 years in a row.

The excitement of the parade and festivities also attracted families like Anthony and Evie Blanco who brought their twin daughters and young son. They've attended this event the past 2 years and their children agree on what they like most about the parade.

"I like getting to see the cars and necklaces," said their daughter, Emme Blanco.

"I like the candy and seeing the cars," said their son, Aidan Blanco.

Not only are the cars a sight to see, children were able to get their faces painted and see other attractions that make St. Patrick's Day quite the spectacle.

"There's some creative floats that came through which are nice to see," said Cronister.

While the kids are grabbing sweet treats, the adults head over to Celtic Fox, Topeka's most well known Irish pub. And many adults are here for a similar reason.

"To celebrate being Irish! " said attendee Norrie Holt.

The celebration was a time well spent for people of all ages. Friends and family look forward to reuniting next year for this special holiday.

Two changes about this year's event is that it was held on Saturday instead of Sunday. Also, spectators weren't allowed to park on the parade route, but this allowed the parade to be safer and run much smoother.


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