Mar 172014

Yesterday, Chris & I took the gruesome twosome to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Abington, MA.  Back in the day, I used to go to the big parade in Southie (Boston), but the crowd can get a little rowdy in the city, so I wanted to take them to a smaller event like the one in Abington.

As far as parades go, it was a pretty decent one to be honest.  It was our first year attending that parade and the boys loved it.  Maybe I should clarify, though.  They loved all the candy they collected from the people throwing it off of the floats.


We got there a little early so that we could get a good spot to see the parade.


Once it started, fire trucks from Abington and other local towns drove by followed by floats, antique cars, horses, marching bands and even bagpipers.










Heck, there was even a random goat in the parade. Actually I think he was from the 4H club, but don’t quote me on that.


But themost important part of the day, by far,  was to collect as much candy thrown off of the floats as humanly possible!





The little one wasn’t above begging for it, either.


They each ended up with a bag full of loot and we all had a blast at the parade.  If you’re looking for an alternative to the big parade in Boston next year, the one that Abington puts on is definitley worth checking out.

  97 Responses to “St. Patrick’s Day Parade”

  1. Loved all the floats and the marching bands and the people dressed up in the crowds were great

  2. I didn’t even realize they did a parade in Abington! It looks like a good one. And honestly, what’s a parade without coming home with a bag full of candy?

  3. We don’t have a local parade and the one closest to us the NYC one that is today. And that is something maybe we might do when the girls are older, but right now that is just too much for me to have to worry about. But this looked like so much fun 🙂

  4. We don’t have a St. Patrick’s Day parade here, it would be fun if they did though. 🙂 My son likes the candy that gets thrown too. 😉

  5. Yay St. Pattys!! Looks like ya’ll had a blast!

  6. I love parades, look like your family had a blast!

  7. We don’t go to parades often but the kids really enjoy them. Looks like fun!

  8. Great post, Robin! Glad they could get “all that candy”. I’m sure they thought that was the BEST part of the parade. I loved your photos, too. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day a wearin’ o’ the PINK! YAY, PINK POWER!!! lol

  9. What fun! I kinda sorta can’t believe I have NEVER EVER been to a St. Paddy’s Day Parade in my life. I need to add it to the bucket list! Looked like a fun one!

  10. We took our girls to the parade here on Saturday. Our city put a ban on the candy throwing though for fear that the kids were going to get hit by one the cars in the parade. Now they get crummy political flyers and cheap Mardi Gras necklaces. Glad your boys were able to load up though!

  11. What a fun parade! I wish we had one in our area because I would have took my children.

  12. We wanted to go to the one in Boston, but people advised us it wasn’t worth taking a 6 month old and 4 year old to…lol. We shoulda looked up smaller ones around the area!

  13. Ha – love their hats and glasses. Parades are just awesome – even without candy. but candy definitely makes it better. why can’t they throw beer? Well, I suppose the adults take care of that part enough on their own – hence the rowdiness.

  14. My boys go for the candy too! I love that Dunkin was representing with that float and the big iced coffee! They should have been handing out coffees for the parents! 🙂 Glad you and the boys had fun.

  15. So fun! The ones in our area tend to be weeks before SPD – weird!

  16. Looks like you and your family had a lot of fun! My family and I actually never attended a parade before and attending one is definitely on our to-do list.

  17. Nothing like a good parade! Looks like a nice day for it too!

  18. What a cute parade! That Dunkin Donuts car is amazing. I once took a picture of a Dunkin Donuts truck angled just right so it said, “Erica Lives on Dunkin” So true!

  19. love the shamrock glasses! Wish we had a parade where the throw candy at you, my kids would love it!

  20. Smaller is sometimes better–I went to the one in NYC one year–NEVER AGAIN!!!! It was great but the CROWDS–oh my gosh!! I’m glad your children got to actually see the parade and of course get themselves some candy!

  21. There was a St Pattys parade in my city this weekend too but I didn’t have a chance to go as I was sick all weekend. Yours looks fun! I am especially loving the unicorn float 😉

  22. This looks fantastic! I love all of your photos too.

  23. what a fun parade we don’t have anything like this in our ton but would love it.

  24. I love their St. Paddy’s Day gear. It’s so great to be able to share cultural traditions with our children and to have them celebrate these experiences.

  25. What a fun parade! Loved the clover glasses!

  26. I love parades, we have a great St.Pat’s parade in Denver

  27. Looks like a fun time! I love their hats and glasses!

  28. Very cute! I can honestly say I’ve never been to a St Patty’s day parade! That one looks very cute! I love the goat! How random!

  29. You know if Dunkin donuts started to deliver I bet that would be the car they would deliver to. Looks you you guys all had fun. was it cold ? don’t look like you guys have nearly as much snow like we do. I honestly didn’t pay attention to see if there were Saint Paddy Day parades here.

  30. This looks really fun. The kids seem to be having such a great time.

  31. They all enjoyed it. The floats are so cool!

  32. What a fun day! We missed the parade (again) this year. I would have lot to get a loot bag lol!

  33. Oh my goodness. What a cute little small town parade! I’m sure these are memories that your family will cherish! I love the goat!

  34. Small town parades are the best ! I have never been to a St Patrick’s day parade before though. Looks fun ! (Kim)

  35. I’ve never been to a St. Patrick’s Day Parade before, it looks like you guys have a decent one. My husband would have loved the Dunkin Donuts car lol.

  36. We went to the local parade last year and my girls had a ball. One managed to walk away with a $20 bill thrown from a float. Seriously not sure if it was on ourpose or accident but my daughter and the adults standing next to us saw it and all ran for it. Being low to the ground gave our daughter the advantage! LOL

  37. Love the Dunkin Donuts car! LOL My kids love parades, but we didn’t venture out for any on St Patty’s Day.

  38. What great photos and such a fun looking parade! and I love the glasses your kids are wearing! Thanks for sharing this!

  39. I love a good parade! Such a great atmosphere. Looks like the gruesome twosome had a good time!

  40. I love the Dunkin Donuts car!!! I wish I would’ve taken my son to a parade near me, it’s just still too cold out to be outside for hours. 🙁

  41. What a fun parade. I’ve always enjoyed watching the stilt walkers.

  42. I want that Dunkin Donuts car and the large cup of coffee. Your parade definitely looked longer than ours did! It looks like you had a great time with your family. We were a bit under dressed for ours (no green), I am hitting the clearance sales today for next year.

  43. Jealous! We don’t have a St. Pat’s parade. Come to think of it, I don’t think we have any parades beside the local high school puts one on for homecoming but it’s more for the team & cheerleaders than the spectators.

  44. of course dunkin donuts was represented!! and yes ,my kids love the candy at parades too

  45. What fantastic fun! It has been ages since I have been to parade.

  46. We don’t have a St. Patricks parade in our town, but I wish we did. The goat photo cracked me up.

  47. Happy Be-lated St. Patrick’s Day! haha. Loved the parade photos, oh and that goat… hahahahaha

  48. We missed the parade at our town. I love parades and colorful ones at that!

  49. Looks like you had a lot of fun. I can sense how COLD it is!

  50. Looks like you had a lot more fun than I did. We were suppose to go out to dinner but ended up stuck in Erie, pa.

  51. What a FUN parade! I really enjoyed looking at all your pictures. There were a lot of several creative floats. The random goat was pretty cute.

  52. How FUN!

    I love the DD car that looks so cool!

  53. Looks like a great parade. I know what you mean about staying around from the rowdy parades.

  54. Looks like a really fun parade! I love that Dunkin Donuts mascot. I wish we could have gone to a fun parade this weekend but I ended up getting sick. Hopefully next year though!

  55. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! We don’t really do anything for st. Patricks day around here, but maybe we will once my kids are older.

  56. That looks like a lot of fun. I am sure the kiddos had a blast! I didn’t really see any major celebrations here in Houston. I inadvertently wore green yesterday not even thinking

  57. I completely forgot about Pattys Day yesterday. Hard to believe right? ha What a fun day you guys had

  58. We don’t celebrate it but it looks like you had fun!

  59. What a cute parade! I love the Dunkin Donuts car with the GIANT coffee on the back! My kids always love the parades for the candy as well. We attended a 4th of July parade in Florida and they came back with a ton of stuff – not just candy. They were impressed!

  60. I love parades – esp St. Patrick’s Day parades!! My son’s fave would have been the decked out garbage truck! 🙂

  61. What a blast! We have yet to go to a parade and I think we would have so much fun.

  62. The weather was too yucky for our St. Patrick’s Day parade, but that looks like a ton of fun. I’m glad you got to enjoy it.

  63. I sure wish they did stuff like this in our town! That looked like some serious fun for you all! i love your kids glasses, ha! too cute!

  64. That looks like such a fun parade!

  65. How fun! We don’t have a St. Patricks Day parade where I live. I wish I did.

  66. Looks like you had fun at the parade with your boys!!

  67. How fun! I wish we had a St. Patrick’s Day parade around here.

  68. Oh wow looks like such fun. It is way to cold and snowy here to take the girls out to a parade.

  69. I love the smaller town parades like this. It has such a great atmosphere and offers a totally different experience for the family. I loved the glasses. Too cool.

  70. We don’t have any St. Patricks day parades here 🙁 It looks like y’all had a blast though.

  71. How fun! I have never been to a St. Patrick’s day parade. It looks like a blast!

  72. I love parades, we get to see alot here in Orlando but I can say I have never seen a goat in one

  73. This is adorable! I Love parades and would love it if our town held a St. Patrick’s day one too!

  74. Parades are always so much fun and it looks like you had a nice day for it.

  75. I love small town parades! It’s always cool to see a random goat!

  76. How fun! I love me a good parade and my girl’s always come home with lots of loot too! 🙂 As far as I know our town didn’t have one. Yours looked super fun!

  77. The Boston parade even made news all the way down in FL! We have a lot of snowbirds though so they probably wanted to see the action.

  78. What a fun parade. Looks like your family had fun!

  79. How awesome! Your sons crack me up! We didn’t hit up a parade this year but I wish we would have. Yours looks like it was a great time.

  80. I don’t think there is one here. Well at least I haven’t heard of any. I used to go to the one in NYC and had lots of fun.

  81. We don’t have a St.Patrick’s Day Parade in our town or even other towns that are close by. The only famous one that we do have is in New York City.

  82. I love their glasses! They both look really, really cute!

  83. i love that you call them the gruesome twosome LOL i’ve never been to a St Patricks Day parade, that looks like fun

  84. It sounds like a whole lot of fun! I wish we have St. Patricks Day, too, haha!

  85. What a delightful parade. I love the zaniness of this special day. People go all out to show their Irish celebratory joy. Love it.

  86. Candy is the best part & it’s even better cuz it’s free! Looked like fun though 😀

  87. It looks like this was a pretty cool parade! I love the Dunkin’ Donuts vehicle – too cute!

  88. Sounds like you guys had a blas for St. Patrick’s day! I miss seeing parades.

  89. Looks like you all and the gruesome twosome had a blast at the St. Patrick’s Day parade. There were some great looking floats there. Thanks for sharing your day with us!

  90. Candy is the best part of the parade! Looks like there was a variety of things to see in the parade.

  91. Now this looks like a great parade! I love ST. Patty’s day–it’s like another Mardi Gras here in LA!

  92. What a fun parade. I haven’t seen one in year in person, just on tv. I love the Dunkin Donuts car.

  93. Looks like you had a great time. We went to a small parade too- perfect for kids!

  94. We aren’t parade people. Our town has a big one every year and we don’t go. Maybe I should at least once take my kids to experience it.

  95. Toronto has a St. Patrick’s Day parade too but I’ve never been to it.

  96. wohoooo…looks like sooo much fuuun..I’ve never seen St. Patrick’s parade before..maybe we’ll get a chance to see one in NY..