A CITY CELEBRATION OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
Thousands of spectators lined the streets of Visalia, California in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on a fairly cool, sunny day on Saturday, March 12, 2016. After an above average rainy season to put a damper on a four-year long drought in the central valley, spirits were already elevated with the pleasant change of weather. In a long-time tradition, the yearly parade was about to begin.
The organizers, dignitaries, broadcasters, and local police blended in with a peaceful and enjoyable family experience to make this parade one for the books. An area radio station announced the event as each parade participant with a variety of floats, vehicles and marching bands entered the parade start on Main Street.
Please enjoy the following pictures of some of the parade participants and attendees:
The following are some videos to enjoy, including the parade beginning:
Although, this was only some of the parade’s outstanding participation by entries from Visalia and other areas from Tulare County, the city residents and others from the county area were seen to be enjoying a relaxed atmosphere. Cheers were constantly breaking out by residents who appreciated everyone in the parade. All too often, many were heard shouting and applauding family and friends participating in the event.
Visalia is a mid-sized town of around 135,000 in population; however, it still operates and conducts business in a very personable, family-style environment. Visalia is also known for some of the best restaurants and local activities in the central valley of the state.
Located just west of the Sierra mountains, as well as, an internationally known tourist attraction, Sequoia National Park, visited by hundreds of thousands each year, Visalia is the gateway to the Sierras. Daily shuttles are provided for all to utilize in travel locally, as well as, to the parks. For those visiting from around the world, one cannot go wrong by taking the time to visit our fair city.