GREENWICH, Conn. The rain, wind and chilly weather couldnt keep Greenwich residents away from their annual St. Patricks Day Parade Sunday afternoon.
And rain couldnt put a damper on the Cronin Family tradition of setting up their tables full of Irish fare soda bread, corned beef, Baileys and coffee theyve been doing it for more than 20 years.
Before the town changed the route of the parade, the Cronin Family would have their set up at their house.
Now, Paul Lucas (husband to Melora Cronin Lucas) takes a van at 3 a.m. to the corner of Havemeyer Place and Greenwich Ave to ensure that they get their spot. Its worth it, Lucas said.
Though Alice Mullins might beat the Cronin familys record she was born only a few weeks before she came to her first parade the very first parade 38 years ago. The weathers put a damper on things, but you can tell who the true Greenwich residents are because they all came out, she said.
Its a family tradition, Greenwich resident Chris Sawyer said. We come every year. His 11-year-old Ryan said that the rain couldnt stop the spirit of the parade. Younger son Justin, 10, said simply Its because Im Irish.
For Greenwich Police Officer Bill Larkin, it is an annual event. He comes if hes working which he is this year and he comes with his kids when hes not. Its great, he said.
This year a new family was formed as the Westchester Brassmen went by the main stage, member Billy Hennenberry proposed to Carrie Booth, who walked speechless back in place with the flag throwers.
The vendors Sunday werent as enthusiastic. One, Tommy Sutcliffe, said I dont think a lot of people will come, citing the rain at the start of the parade as his reason why few would come out. He said that he wasnt expecting a big sales day.
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