28,000 on hand for St. Patrick's Day Parade

       With kindly weather, 107 entries and a reported 28,000 people on hand, the 21st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Colorado City was a rousing success March 13, according to Chris Gorman of event organizer O’Donnell & O’Donnell.
       “We’re very pleased,” she said. “The weather held up, and people had a great time.”
        The six winning entries will be awarded plaques at a ceremony at Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., at 11:30 a.m. March 20.
       In the 5-kilometer run down Colorado Avenue which preceded the parade, there were 487 male runners and 416 female.
Youngsters dash from the starting line in the Kids Fun Run 
on Colorado Avenue prior to the St. Patrick's Day Parade March 13.
The Colorado Springs Police Honor Guard and Irish flags leading the parade from 27th Street.
A marcher from one of the Area Labor 
Council floats hands out jewelry to young parade-goers.
Some of the merry crowd in the 2500 block.