Saturday, March 30, 2013

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Fort Myers Beach, 2013

The 15th annual Town of Fort Myers Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade took place on Saturday, March 16, at 10:00 AM. It started at Santini Marina Plaza on Estero Boulevard and ended one mile later at the Church of the Ascension. Ray Murphy was once again parade chairman. Involved in the parade were musical bands, floats, and civic, business and neighborhood groups. It was a beautiful day, with blue skies, the sun shining and temperatures reaching the low 80s. After the parade, Knights of Columbus members sold corned beef and cabbage sandwiches, hot dogs and refreshments in the church parking lot. Other establishments, such as local bars and restaurants, also had special offerings to help the Irish and the "wannabe Irish" continue to celebrate the holiday.
Motorcyclists from the Lee County Sheriff’s Department led the parade.

The motorcycle policemen kept doubling back and forth along the path of the parade.

Lee County Sheriff’s Department police cars

Fort Myers Beach Fire Department fire truck

The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization, in full regalia

A Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He is wearing a “naval chapeau.”

Knights of Columbus

An American and an Irish flag, side-by-side

The Irish flag held by a booster

Ray Murphy, Parade Chairman
Lee County Pipes and Drums
Their music was wonderful. No parade should be without them.
Color Guard for the Lee County Pipes and Drums
Lee County Pipes and Drums

Green-haired driver

Nice hats, Gentlemen
Lone bagpipe player from the "Ceol Neamh Pipe Band" based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Decked-out Royal Pelican car

Another car from the Royal Pelican community

Standard Bearers for the "Royal Pelicauns"
The Royal Pelicauns Dance Troop

Dance Troop Head Leprechaun/Pelicaun
Florida CERT--Community Emergency Response Team

Standard Bearers for the Hot Heads hair stylists

Hot Heads hair stylists

Motorcycle couple

Decked-out golf cart

Shamrocks, shamrocks everywhere

Irish lassie with puppy
Lovely lassie and Irish Friend

Decked-out bicycle. Nice socks, too.

The fun-loving Fagan Family

Great “Back in Time” Ford

Friends of Lover’s Key Tram
Terry Stewart and Alan Mandel lookin’ good

Councilman Joe Kosinski


United Irish of Southwest Florida

United Irish float--I bet they really ARE Irish!
Fairview Isles Community marchers


Great balloon-decked convertible
Irish Princess and her “Wee-bit Irish” Friend

Alert puppy in Sand Paper newspaper van

Classic car with lots of glitz
Castaways Bar and Grill float
Castaways float
Laguna Shores Community float
Parade walker


Shrimp Festival Queen Christina

Red Coconut RV Resort float

Gulf Coast Jeepers jeep

Fish-on Kayaking golf cart
The parade ends with the Simple Jack Band





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