Monday, March 18, 2013

St Patties Day Chicago Style

Shot a conference in Chicago last week and was able to get away and shoot some of the St. Patrick's Day festivities around town. I must say it was rather exciting to see them turn the Chicago River Shamrock green. It was such a stark contrast from the dark, gloomy and gray atmosphere around Chicago. That in no way reflects the people who are unusually sunny for such a chilly place. As my cousin Meredith and I walked around town, it was fun to see all the crazy green outfits from beer hats to green tu tu's to painted beards and mustaches and all kinds of other crazy get-ups. It struck me that many of the revelers were very young and very inebriated.
The next day we went to a more localized parade in a suburbs near the O'Hare airport. This parade seemed to be more of a social, who ya know kind of parade. There were were local politicians, a cement company truck, a plumber who had a float with an Irishman sitting on a toilet, and the local Chicago Police Dept. bagpipe brigade. I was a bit more privy to this one because it felt more authentic and you really got a sense of the neighborhood.
Chicago is a great town with really warm, funny,sincere people.

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