At long last, here it is: our float for the 2008 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Sandbarn.


Dave and Justin constructed a giant red barn, complete with white fencing, a silo, a windmill, and hay bales all around the edge. It even has a hay loft area with a window. Thanks to all of this year’s helpers: Michelle, Coleen, Bridget, Aaron, and Andrew.

Heritage Tractor in Baldwin City has donated the use of a giant John Deere tractor to pull our float and our regular float driver, Andy, has brushed up his tractor driving skills.

You’ve already seen our float dances, Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy and She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.

The lovely ladies dancing on the float will be decked out in western wear: cowboy boots, denim, cowboy hats, and spectacular white shirts complete with red fringe and stars. The boys will be similarly dressed but with plain white t-shirts.

We may not have any green color on our float, but The Sandbar is "going green" for the holiday in another way. Approximately 85% of this year’s float was built using materials recycled from previous year’s floats.

Be sure to join us downtown tomorrow for another great parade! The parade begins at 1 p.m. at South Park, and continues north on Massachusetts Street, across the bridge, and through North Lawrence to the Flamingo Club. Our float crew performs both dances the entire length of the parade every year- it’s a great workout.

After the festivities at the Flamingo Club, our float will head back to The Sandbar. If you’re joining us there, be sure to get there early, because it’s packed on St. Patrick’s Day!