Another St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, and we're still recovering from all the fun. The weather was perfect, the crowds were great and we had as much fun as we always do!

This year, we got back to our roots and designed a tropical-themed float complete with a working volcano and lots of tiki heads, grass skirting and floral accents:

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Above: our float lined up on 13th St., hours before the parade started, and the float and all its riders at the Flamingo Club after the parade.

We had a great time singing and dancing down Massachusetts Street to "Hot Hot Hot," "Volcano," and "Scatman." Dave led the float crew and the crowd in a massive sing-along. We even had a bongo player front and center on the float.

Here's a short video of our float, shot by our friend Wendy:

We found a couple other videos online:

  • This one, by Mark Boyle, who used to work for Channel 6 in Lawrence and actually helped build our 2009 float, the Love Train.
  • 6NewsLawrence included our float in their parade highlight video.
  • And, the LJWorld included our float in their video. You can see us around the 1:20 mark. 

We have a few more video clips we'll share later. Some of the float, and some of the shenanigans on float day.

The annual parade ended at the Flamingo Club in North Lawrence, where food, drinks and the awards ceremony awaited. We're proud and excited that once again, we won the grand prize traveling trophy!

If you're on Facebook, you can check out our St. Patrick's Day photo album for pictures of float-building and the big day. (You have to be logged into Facebook, and 21 or older, in order to view our page.)

We'll be posting the pictures to our Flickr page soon, also, for those of you who aren't on Facebook.