St. Croix St. Patrick’s Day Parade – World’s Sexiest
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St. Croix St. Patrick’s Day Parade – World’s Sexiest

That’s not how I remember it.

The words were my Dad’s, but they might as well have been mine. We were catching up by phone just after I’d returned from my first trip home to St. Croix for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in almost 30 years.

It’s like Carnival now!

Dad should know, and not just because he’s a Trini/Carnival expert. He was there at the beginning, having arrived in St. Croix from Trinidad in 1967, just two years prior to the very first edition of the Crucian St. Paddy’s Parade. Back then the festivities bore much more the appearance of a small town USA community parade.

Wait, is this Carnival or St. Patrick's Day..? St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade | SBPR

Wait, is this Carnival or St. Patrick’s Day..? | SBPR

Classic cars ambled slowly down the street. Small troops of school kids alternated between parading and executing cute choreographed dance routines. Beauty queens rode atop small floats, often tossing candy to the crowds.

Classic cars and jeeps like these are still part of the fun during the St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade | SBPR

Classic cars and jeeps like these are still part of the fun during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Croix | SBPR

The parade always started late and ended early, providing a nice bit of mostly wholesome fun celebrating civic pride.

That was then.

This is the St. Croix St. Patrick’s Day Parade of now…

Wurk it up for St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade | SBPR

Wurk it up for St. Patrick’s Day Parade, St. Croix | SBPR

Mas in de streets for St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade | SBPR

Mas in de streets for St. Patrick’s Day Parade, St. Croix | SBPR

I mean, it’s not all wurkin’ up, daggerin‘, and other assorted durty business. You still have the parade of cars. School kids also continue to please parade-goers.

Cute dance troop repping the DomRep at St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade | SBPR

Cute dance troop repping the DomRep at St. Patrick’s Day Parade, St. Croix | SBPR

Crucian-Irish Eyes Are Smiling, 2018 St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade | SBPR

Crucian-Irish Eyes Are Smiling | SBPR

The parade got started just after 10am last year. By noon, just about all of the cutie-cutie kids stuff was over.

Just before noon on Company Street, 2018 St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade | SBPR

Just before noon on Company Street, 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, St. Croix | SBPR

It was all bacchanal from that point on…

Feelin' it for St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade | SBPR

Feelin’ it for St. Patrick’s Day | SBPR

Bits of traditional St. Paddy’s green mixed with West Indian Carnival flair everywhere…

St. Croix does St. Patrick's Day Better! | St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade | SBPR

St. Croix does St. Patrick’s Day Better! | SBPR

And more sexy wurking up, of course.

Carnival mixes with St. Patrick's Day like nowhere else in St. Croix | St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade | SBPR

Carnival mixes with St. Patrick’s Day like nowhere else in St. Croix | SBPR

In the end, though, the same spirit of community-building and civic pride from the old days shone through. You could see it in the smiles of just about everyone enjoying the fete…

Rasta Leprechaun, St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade 2018 | SBPR

Rasta Leprechaun, St. Croix St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018 | SBPR

All smiles for St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Croix | SBPR

All smiles for St. Paddy’s Day in St. Croix | SBPR

…even if some of those smiles were a little sexier than one might expect from a St. Paddy’s Day Parade.

Taking a break from St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade 2108 | SBPR

Taking a break from St. Croix St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2108 | SBPR

The world’s sexiest St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on the Saturday closest to March 17th. For up-to-date info on scheduling and all other things parade-related, be sure to visit the St. Croix St. Patrick’s Day Parade website or like them on Facebook.

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