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on Sunday and the kids sitting on the curb, wearing Irish themed balloon hats, were growing restless.
The sidewalks along Main and West streets were filled with dogs and their owners, tweens sipping hot chocolate, while 20 somethings drank dark beer and parents held their children on their shoulders all of whom were wearing a different shade of green.
The parade came a day after the death of Hogan’s older sister, Mary Theresa Lazarus, who was 66. She died from Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, a rare degenerative brain disorder that affects about one person in every 1 million people per year worldwide.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is always a great time, but it was especially nice to see the governor, said Penney Senecal, 49, of West River.
“It shows that things are changing in Maryland,” said Senecal, who was one of several people to high five Hogan during the parade. She joked that although she didn’t vote for the governor, she supports him now.
Those unfamiliar with the term “hooley” got acquainted with the Gaelic word it means a party with traditional Irish music and dance Saturday night at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.
Miller, 55, of Crofton, attended the parade for the first time with her husband, Bob. She said she was surprised at how many people attended,
especially since it was an overcast day.
“It’s a great time,” she said. “We’re scouting where to sit next year so we can bring people.”
The parade was also a fundraiser for three nonprofit organizations: Warrior Events, the Professional Fire Fighters of Maryland and the Blue Ribbon Project’s school backpack program for children in foster care.
The firefighters group represented squads from cities all over, including New York City, Boston, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Chicago, as well as Prince George’s, Harford and Montgomery counties.
About halfway through the parade, about 30 dancers from the Hunt School of Irish Dance stopped near Church Circle and performed for the crowd. They danced several variations of an Irish reel in track suits and gym shoes; attendees clapped along and bobbed their head to the Irish tunes.
“Now it’s over? Aw man,” a little boy groaned, as the dancers made their way toward Main Street.
The parade featured organizations from all over Annapolis and represented the many different facets of the community, said Bill Alcorn, 68, of Severna Park. Unlike parades in other nearby cities, Annapolis’ parade has a “hometown feel,” he said.
Annapolis area restaurants, businesses and associations created floats for the parade. Several civic organizations and local politicians also participated.