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13th Annual St. Patrick's Day parade delights thousands in downtown Kalamazoo

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The Hackett High School Band decked out in green and playing Irish tunes.
Renaissance Fair King and his court wait their turn to join the parade.
Every one wore their Irish finery, even if they were just an Irish setter for the day
Draft horses pulled one float.
The Hackett High School Band decked out in green and playing Irish tunes.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) --  They lined up 3 and 4 deep on both sides of the Kalamazoo Mall for Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Kalamazoo. It was quite a contrast from the weather last year when it was possible to turn out in shirt sleeves and be perfectly comfortable.

The low temperatures Saturday meant it was a good idea to bundle up, complete with scarves and gloves. There were floats and bands, Irish dancing groups, and a lot of children, both in the viewing audience and in the parade.

There was a wagon drawn by Clydesdales, Local renaissance fairs sent their casts, and appropriately the band from Hackett High School marched. For them, wearing green is a year-round occurance. 

The cold weather meant fewer turned out this year than last, but that was to be expected.

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