St. Patrick’s Day fun started with a parade


Many of Irish descent, and many of honorary Irish descent gathered Saturday to watch a short but eventful St. Patrick’s Day parade in Edgartown.

A colorful crowd turned out for the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Edgartown.

Photo by Steve Myrick

A colorful crowd turned out for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Edgartown.

The revelers were piped in by Tony Peak, who lead the parade up Dock Street to the Newes of America Pub.

A festive crowd, blessed with plenty of Irish sunshine and warmer temperatures, enjoyed a performance by the Pinewoods Morris Men of Boston. The dance troupe performed the traditional country dance with sticks, bells, and handkerchiefs. Parade watchers especially enjoyed a rendition of “Take me out to the ballgame.”

Also performing was the Vineyard Swordfish dance squad, who wove intricate dance patterns with decorative longswords, to the accompaniment of a lively drum and squeezebox band.

The Vineyard Swordfish wove intricate dance patterns with decorative longswords.

Photo by Steve Myrick

The Vineyard Swordfish wove intricate dance patterns with decorative longswords.

Both groups planned additional performances throughout the day.