St. Patrick's Day Parade 2007
In South Boston, Massachusetts, the Irish immigrants celebrate their heritage with an old-fashioned parade which passes right through the charming neighborhood streets. The route is lined with families young and old. Julia and I have been lucky to spend the last five St. Patrick's Day Parades with the Payson and Hickey families along with all their friends.
These are the famous Hickey sisters - Nancy, Helen, and Ruthie - all now in their 70's and 80's but still celebrating the wearing of the green. (There were nine children in all.) Ruthie is Mom to our good friend Cathy Payson (the knitwear designer). Don't you love their handknit scarves and mittens?
The Irish love of family, tradition, kindness and general all-around good nature continue to overwhelm me.
I love the old-fashioned feeling I experience as the parade marches by. Being a knitter and textile enthusiastist, I am always drawn to the knits, crochets and fabrics I see every year. Here's a bit of the textile show.