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Cape Codders march for St. Patrick in rain

UPI News Service, 03/09/2008 

Organizers of the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Parade in Massachusetts decided Saturday that a heavy rainstorm would not stop them from marching.

Ed Tierney, the organizer, told The Cape Cod Times that rescheduling the event in West Dennis would have been impossible. Pipe and drum bands are much in demand in the weeks around St. Patrick's Day, and are booked months ahead of time.

"This is our third year and we're trying to build a parade," said Police Chief Mike Whalen, a member of the committee. "So when you say you're going to do it, you gotta do it."

Only two of the 32 floats were no-shows.

The Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School band also decided to keep its instruments dry.

But others adapted. The live St. Patrick character on the Skippers Restaurant float held an anachronistic umbrella while also wielding his staff.

The Lost Dog Pub float got to the parade even though the restaurant had a fire Friday night with a float featuring a white dragon. But the Golden Harp for best in show went to the Cape Cod Irish Village for its mobile recreation of the Moore Street Market in Dublin.

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