Maryville's 23rd Annual "World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade" began at 5:17 p.m. last Wednesday, at the corner of Fourth and Buchanan Streets ... and ended 86.6 feet later. Like always, it started with the local VFW presenting the colors and ended with a cement truck barreling down the street spilling green water. The most fun was knowing that Jackson had fun.
Since I didn't have our camera with me last Wednesday, here are some pictures I found online. From the Maryville Daily Forum.
From the official parade news release (there really is such a thing!): "The queen contestants must take a short quiz to test their knowledge of Irish trivia and lore; and be evaluated by a panel of judges on their dress, looks and, of course, personality. The winner of the contest is crowned as that year’s Parade Queen, receives an Official Crown, an Official Trophy, an Official Sash, a bar tab at The Palms, gets to ride in the Parade with the Grand Marshall and be the keeper of the pig. This has become a highly coveted title that many a co-ed has longed to add to her resume."
Photo from the St. Joseph News-Press. You can tell from the blue sky how nice the weather turned out to be.
The following Facebook photos are from the '09 parade, but we saw these same floats (and sights) this year, too.