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Charlotte Amalie
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March 12, 2002 – There'll be wearing o'the green on St. John come Saturday as residents celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the annual parade through Cruz Bay.
The parade, organized by Quiet Mon Pub owner Brian Conley, is set to begin at noon at the public tennis courts. The route will take participants past Julius E. Sprauve School, then turn right at Chase Bank to … disband.
While it may be one of the shortest parades in the Virgin Islands, its participants always generate enthusiasm. "It's one of the better holidays, I think," Conley says.
He says everyone is welcome to join in, and that those who want to do so should show up at the tennis courts between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. While the entry list won't be finalized until the parade starts down the road, he's expecting quite an eclectic turnout: Daniel the piper, to fly in from the mainland with his bagpipes; a contingent of visiting Harley Davidson motorcycle riders to join with their fellow bikers on St. John; and a caravan of cars to honor the memory of George "Yogi" Tuttle, who recently died.
Numerous other St. John residents will be decked out in shamrocks and sporting Irish brogues at they march in the parade. Conley says that while groups are welcome, so are individuals. The turnout gets larger every year, he says, and already "there's been a lot of interest" in this one.
There's nothing like a brisk walk to work up an appetite, and the Quiet Mon Pub will be prepared for those who do. After the parade, its lunch menu will feature corned beef and cabbage and other traditional Irish fare.
Conley says the parade is being held on Saturday, a day before the actual March 17 St. Paddy's date, in keeping with the island's religious tradition of Sunday as a church day. For more information, call the Quiet Mon Pub at 779-4799.

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