Low temps don’t deter crowd at St. Pat’s Parade

       Despite temperatures in the 40s, an estimated 20,000 or more bundled-up citizens lined Colorado Avenue to watch the 23rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade March 11. Ariana Aldaz of Howbert Elementary pulls Frankie (waving) and Mariah Grimaldo.
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       “I was really amazed with the numbers of families and small kids,” said John O'Donnell, who organized the event with his wife, Carol. “Every year something catches my eye while I'm flying around doing task after task, and that's what I noticed this year. It was wonderful.”
       More than 100 entries added to the parade spectacle, with many of them clad Irish-style. Among the participants were five bands, more than 20 floats and eight entries that used horses.
       O'Donnell also was pleased at the apparent cooperation from parade-goers in regard to the adjacent neighborhoods. Before the parade, he had arranged with Colorado Springs Police to step up parking enforcement, based on complaints to City Council last fall from a few neighbors, stemming from previous major events in Old Colorado City. the Tub in Tow float lives up to its name
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       He said his understanding is that police received three phone calls from citizens about blocked driveways and “the police responded to all of them with favorable results.”
       Post-parade trash pickup was also expanded this year. “I put two extra people to walk the route and then come up the parallel side streets - Cucharras and Pikes Peak Avenue,” O'Donnell explained. “I asked them to pick up anything that looked like parade trash.”

The Fort Carson Marching Unit strides down the 2600 block, receiving applause from the crowd
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