Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The World’s Smallest St. Patrick’s Day Parade

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One isn’t the loneliest number at a St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17) celebration in Enterprise, Alabama.

That’s because more than 150 people will pack the street to watch the World’s Smallest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where one lone Irish man or woman will serve as the sole parader for the event.

Phil Thomas, president of the Enterprise chamber of commerce, says their small town can’t compete with the major parades in Boston and New York, mainly because there are no Irish people in the area.

He says, “We use someone with Irish ancestry for the parade, but there really isn’t a big Irish community here. No one really observes the holiday, so we figured if we can’t be the world’s biggest parade, why not be the smallest?”

The chosen parader will wave the Irish flag while decked out in a green, shamrock-filled costume and is encouraged to sing a few Irish ditties on their 15 minute parade route.

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