Spring Break and Saint Paddy’s Day
This past week was a reminder that there can be absolutely beautiful spring days... in March... in New Haven. Many of the law students were off in Belize scuba diving or home visiting family and friends - it was spring break here at YLS - but the students who stayed in town to finish up those SAWs had a welcome chance to head outside and soak in the 70 degree breeze and sunshine.
The week began less gloriously with a wee bit of rain for New Haven's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The St. Patrick's Day Parade is a long-standing New Haven tradition. It was first held back in 1842, making it the 6th oldest parade in the nation. The marchers number close to 3,000 and include everyone from bagpipe players to string bands, fife and drum squads, step-dancers and even a Star Wars contingent! The parade makes its way down Chapel Street to the New Haven Green and across town. Since the 1950s, the parade has been the largest, single-day spectator event in the state of Connecticut. This year, spectators may have braved the showers under awnings and umbrellas, but at least it was the perfect weather for those warm Irish wool sweaters! Of course, there was plenty of spirit to be found indoors as well. Many places in town opened early and offered breakfast specials. There were also New Haven's ever popular Irish pubs, the Playwright and Anna Liffey's (www.annaliffeys.com), where you can find the city's Irish pride any time of the year.
The parade may have passed in the rain this year, but it was a welcome reminder that spring is here and the week that followed found New Haven's residents digging out their sandals and heading for the grass. Here's to hoping there are many more beautiful spring days around the bend!