The photo below is from the Old Town Alexandria St. Patrick's Parade, which is not run on the 17th of March, but instead on the first Saturday of March each year. This shot is from March 2002.
Photo by Patrick L. Jones - Alexandria, March 2002
Personally this day is less a celebration of the Irish but a continuation of yesterday's birthday celebration, the excitement of college basketball, and the heralding of Spring. The day is also a reminder that I do have Irish heritage (and I have more work to do on the Irish lines).
For my Irish friends and colleagues, I raise a virtual pint and wish them a Happy St. Patrick's Day too.