This Saturday marks an important day. The St. Patrick's Parade in Dublin (OH)  is a big part of our family tradition.  Whether it's with the cub scouts, neighborhood association, church or the Dublin CVB's entry--you'll always find the Rich family in the Dublin Parades!

The Dublin CVB has been a part of the St. Patrick's Day parade for more than 10 years.  In earlier years, one of our board members would drive "Skelly the Leprechaun" (the official Dublin CVB Mascot) in a convertible.  It wasn't elaborate, but it sure was fun to see the kids smile at a the "real-life" leprechaun!

For the past few years, we (the Dublin CVB staff) have created a float.  The theme always reflects our Irish Attitude and it's fun to tweak it from year to year.  The first year that we took on the challenge of building a float, we stuffed tissue paper squares (pomps) into chicken wire sprayed with adhesive.  After one garage wall became permanently sticky from all the glue spray, we decided a different approach was in order!

Last year's float featured a rainbow made out of Christmas tinsel garland and a pot o' gold. This year it will feature ... well, I'm not telling.  You'll have to come to Dublin to see it on Saturday.

One key component of our float is the fun time we share with our families and friends.  The comraderie that comes from rising early on a cold Saturday morning to hurry and get in line for the parade--(only to stand for 1--1/2 hours eating doughnuts)--is unparalleled.  But walking the parade route more than makes up for the wait time because you get to see all your friends and neighbors. (It's amazing to see how happy people become when you hand them a string of green beads!)

Will we see you on Saturday?  Look for the (hopefully) award-winning DCVB float in position #9!

(Note: The Dublin Ohio St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010. It begins at Metro Center off Frantz Rd. and heads east along SR 161/Bridge St. into Historic Dublin, then south on High St.)

-Post by Katie