The Irish Washer Women motto:
“Watch out for the water!”
I thought you might enjoy some pictures from our St. Patrick’s Day parade in my home town: Maple Lake, Minnesota.
We have been doing this for at least 15 years. It was a tradition started in the 1980s by business women in town who thought our new celebration could use some fun! It took a break for a few years. Then I got the hair-brained idea to resurrect the Irish Washer Women with my community theater and clown friends. We have been having a ball ever since.
We are “equal-opportunity fools” and let anyone join, regardless of Irish heritage or gender. Many of our “women” have a lot of testosterone. This makes for hilarious moments of confusion for the crowds!
The Luck of the Irish was with us
This year it was a beautiful day in the 60-degree warmth and for Minnesota in March that is a blessing (or a miracle, depending on your point of view!).
We laughed and danced and jigged our way down the parade route. I kept myself in the moment and breathed in the joy of simply making people laugh, and dodge flying mop water.
It was a very good day!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
How was your parade experience so far this Spring?
Post a comment below and let us know what you did and how well it worked. We love to hear about your clowning!
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