It may not get all the hype that other local parades do, but the annual St. Patrick’s Parade is in many ways the most fun. “I like to think we’re the Mardi Gras of Houston parades. A little bit different, a lot of fun, and definitely geared toward families,” says Jeannie Kearns, parade organizing committee member and matriarch, who has been involved with the planning of the event since 1977. Her grandson, Sean Kearns, will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal over 140 moving entries of floats, bands, dancers and cars. (Yes, you can expect those funny little ones with the Shriners.)
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Don’t worry if your ancestors aren’t from the Emerald Isle. “We have all ethnic groups represented in the parade, but everyone gets to be Irish for the day,” says Kearns. Noon. Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford. For route information, visit www.hsppc.org. Free.
Sat., March 17, 2012