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Map It Out
Plan ahead and map out your viewing area and the route to get there.
- Don’t assume that the parade route is the same as last year. Check it out online to know exactly which streets are involved.
- Will you be parking? Have a couple parking spots in mind before you leave home. It relieves stress.
- Are you taking public transit? Plan it out ahead of time. Missing connections sucks! Getting lost can be a real tragedy.
Choose the best viewing area for the ages in your group.
- Will the sun be shining in their eyes? Plan the best side of the street – or bring sunglasses.
- Is it near a public restroom? (This Charmin App helps you find them.)
- What will you do after the parade is over? Choose a spot near a restaurant or pub that you want to visit – and make a reservation if you can.
- And DO find something to do when the parade is over – especially if you have small children. Don’t fight the crowds – and don’t fight with your children to try and hold their hands so you don’t lose them while walking in a crowd.
- If at all possible send an adult ahead to stake out the planned viewing area. Grandma & Grandpa would love to join in the fun and are more apt to get there early!
Be ready for Spring weather.
- Wear layers. Watching a parade is a lengthy experience that can see temperatures fluctuate.
- A green knitted scarf is festive and perfect for covering ears and necks if necessary.
- Bring hats and gloves – and if you know it’s going to be cold, Hand Warmers are great for putting in mittens and boots to keep everyone toasty warm.
- Try to have a stroller for the kids to sit in – even those who are a little older. It keeps from freezing their little butts on the pavement because they will want to sit down. It also raises them higher for viewing over other kids heads.
- If older kids – or adults – need to sit on the cold pavement, bring foam to sit on. If your kids have those interlocking foam floor puzzles, that’s perfect or use foam boards.
- You will need to stand for a long time. If grandpa has a bad back he may want to bring a portable camping chair, or try this Pocket Chair.
- You might even consider taking a blanket. They’re great for wrapping up in, sitting on or having a picnic on.
Be prepared for the long wait.
- Bring drinks and snacks and have a parade party! Hot cocoa or coffee in a thermos is a must to keep warm.
- Plan games you can play like “I spy”, “ABC” but St Patrick’s Day things that start with each letter.
- Find some St Patricks Day games for your phone like Lep’s World App.
- I always went to the dollar store and bought some little toys and wrapped them up as presents to give to my kids. It adds to the celebration and a new toy keeps their attention longer.
Some St Patricks Day themed toys:
Pump up the fun factor with St Patricks Day outfits
- See some great St Patricks day t-shirts, hockey jerseys, sports jerseys, sunglasses, baby shirts, shamrock stockings, hats, necklaces and more in our articles.
- The dollar store and department stores all carry St Patricks day wear at this time of year.
- *Special Tip* – if you’re going to be out after dark, pick up some green glow in the dark necklaces or blinky necklaces. It keeps kids from being afraid, makes it easier for you to keep an eye on their whereabouts and adds to the fun. (I keep some in my purse at all times!)
Have a fantastic day at the St Patricks Day parade, and I hope these tips help add to the fun.
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