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Did Houston's St. Patrick's Day party measure up? Green beer, a cowgirl mayor and crazy cars

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St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, Shriners
Thousands of Houstonians embraced their inner Irish as a decades' old tradition painted the town green with amicable tenor and good cheer Photo by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, O'Maoileidigh Houston Irish Dance Group
O'Maoileidigh Houston Irish Dance Group Photo by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, Parade Chairman Sean Kearns and Family
Parade chairman Sean Kearns and family. Photo by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, juggler
A squad of decorated floats, Irish dancers, bagpipers, vintage vehicles . . .  Photo by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, IBEW, float
. . . antique fire trucks, party buses and proud men and women of Irish provenance . . . Photo by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, bagpipes
. . . offered a glimpse of the community's contributions to the city. Photo by by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, Mayor Annise Parker
Mayor Annise Parker on horseback. Photo by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade Queen Annie Miggins
St. Patrick's Day Parade Queen Annie Miggins Photo by by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, grand marshal, Donna McKenzie
Grand marshal Donna McKenzie, alongside her daughter Sophia Macris, kicked off the parade in a 1966 classic convertible mustang. Photo by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, The Irish Society
Photo by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, banner
Photo by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, St Patrick's Day Parade Commission
St Patrick's Day Parade Commission Photo by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, flags
Photo by Kristy Fendley
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, Shriners
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, O'Maoileidigh Houston Irish Dance Group
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, Parade Chairman Sean Kearns and Family
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, juggler
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, IBEW, float
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, bagpipes
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, Mayor Annise Parker
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade Queen Annie Miggins
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, grand marshal, Donna McKenzie
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, The Irish Society
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, banner
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, St Patrick's Day Parade Commission
St. Patrick's Day Parade Houston, March 2013, flags

Thousands of Houstonians embraced their inner Irish as a decades' old tradition painted the town green with amicable tenor and good cheer — and kegs and kegs of beer.

The festive scene of the 54th Annual Houston St. Patrick's Parade downtown last weekend welcomed everyone as part of the clan. A capacity squad of decorated floats, Irish dancers, bagpipers, vintage vehicles, antique fire trucks, party buses and proud men and women of Irish provenance offered a glimpse of the community's contributions to the city.

Themed "We Are Irish Texans," at the helm of a procession that honored the memory of Larry Joe Miggins, Jack Barnes and Sister Muriel Clarke was radio celeb Donna McKenzie, accompanied by daughter Sophia Macris, in a classic 1966 classic red Mustang convertible. The lively duo joined the judging panel in the viewing stand to award goodwill prizes to the many entrants that participated in the al fresco fete, which organizers say broke attendance records.

Partaking in the festivities were Mayor Annise Parker on horseback, the O'Maoileidigh Houston Irish Dance Group, parade chairman Sean Kearns and family, parade queen Annie Miggins, members of the Irish Society, volunteers that run the Houston St. Patrick's Parade Commission, reps from sponsors Bud Light, Doug Mraw of Silver Eagle Distributors and many, many others.

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