Month: March 2019

VW T2 Patty Wagon in the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Let your sham rock! With Yale University as the backdrop for the New Haven Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Patty Wagon could not have felt more nostalgic. Yes Yale’s been around since 1701 and Patty Wagon only since 1974, but nonetheless, nostalgic. Sporting a sea-foam green exterior complemented by an Irish plaid interior, a shamrock on the VW emblem greeting the parade goers, add some some dangling shamrocks lighting up the front and rear windshields, and throw in a ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ flag along her side, and she’s parade ready. Being a classic VW camper, the addition of a grateful dead skeleton on top wearing a tie-dye shirt (thank you Thimble Island Brewery), a green bandana, and holding a blowup guitar, had to send flashbacks to our Woodstock survivors. And, no parade is complete without the enthusiasm of those marching in the entourage. Originally, an eager list of 25 marchers donning hippy or disco fever attire, quickly drizzled down, pun intended, to four, due to the weather, with the only unconditional commitment from my 80-year-old mother in the company of her O’buddy leprechaun who, as Attorney Dillon wisely stated, has an amazing social life hanging out with Judy O’Larkin. Creedence Clearwater tunes belted out the camper as we sauntered down Chapel Street with four dedicated neighbors marching along side in the cold rain. Through the cacophony of the parade a voice can be heard screaming down Chapel “Here comes the patty wagon;” as I spy my sister Lynne with enough enthusiasm to fill Giant Stadium. As she quickly grabbed a blowup guitar from the pile of parade parafinalia, Patty Wagon had a smirk knowing this was a party all by itself! And whether there were two people on the parade sidelines or the Channel 8 TV cameras, the enthusiasm was the same, all sister triggered; priceless. Attorney Dillon must’ve been smiling as he saw O’ Buddy once again, with another public appearance; this time on TV. Patty Wagon is already making plans for what she’s going to wear in 2020. Who’s in? Join the peace train!

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