Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Washington's Saint Patrick's Day Parade

It was David's turn to drive us around Washington on Sunday, and at Sarah's request we headed to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. We parked near this statue of the great Chief Justice John Marshall, so I commenced explaining judicial review to Sarah. I don't think she got it.
Frankly, the child was much more interested in clowning around with these two guys.
As we approached the museum, we saw a big group of people on the steps in front of the National Archives building and realized we had happened upon the city's Saint Patrick's Day Parade.
We decided to watch a bit of the parade, and we walked through another sculpture garden to get out to Constitution Avenue.

Mounted police officers prepare to enter the main parade route along Constitution Avenue.
The fire department had quite an impressive assembly of equipment, and also a bagpipe brigade.
We watched the parade for about half an hour, and it was enough time for Sarah to collect some of the candy and beads they were tossing to the crowd. We then made our way into the museum, and by the time we were through it the parade was over.