St. Patrick's Day Parade
The luck o' the Irish be with you at the St. Augustine St. Patrick's Day Parade, an annual celebration of the Emerald Isle's most revered saint. Lads and lasses from throughout Georgia and Florida, Savannah to Sarasota and beyond converge upon the Ancient City each year, donning their best greens. Did you know that the wearin' o' the green was outlawed in the 18th century England. Seen as a form of rebellion, wearing of shamrocks was a crime punishable by hanging. Irish folklore holds that St. Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to Irish polytheists. Patrick was born into a wealthy family and kidnapped from Roman Britain by Irish raiders in the fourth century. He eventually escaped back home, but returned in 432 to help Christianize Ireland. Today, St. Patricks Day parades are celebrated around the world - this one is a favorite part of the annual St. Augustine Celtic Festival, March 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. So bring your best mates and have a craic.
March 08, 2014- 10:00am
Call Sherri Cunningham 904-535-6853
or email Parade@CelticStAugustine.com
Click on the map for a downloadable version.
Meet the Parade Judges!
Lura Readle Scarpitti - Master of Ceremony
With a name like Lura(think "Tura Lura Lura"; the Irish lullaby made famous by Bing Crosby a LONG time ago..), she just might be qualified to be the Master of Ceremony at this year's Celtic Music and Heritage Festival Parade. This bonnie lass is proud of her Irish lineage, proud of her St. Augustine address, and big fan of all things Celtic. Lura moved to the area when she was 13 and has been in love with the place ever since. College(Florida State University in the mid-90s) and a career in television and video production(The Golf Channel) took her out of the city for many years but she always remained an "Auggie Girl" at heart. When she and her husband had the chance to move back in 2010, they jumped at the chance. Lura was a full-time mother of two at the time, but has since started up a local production company(Mummy Cat Productions) with her partner, Michael Carr, and, in July, took over the Managing Editorship of the premier lifestyle magazine of St. Augustine-Old City Life. The best thing about her busy schedule is that, because both companies focus on all things St. Augustine, she still gets to enjoy the city that captured her heart all those years ago. Better yet, she gets to share the stories of the area through the pieces highlighting St. Augustine and St. Johns County that MCP produces, and, of course, the articles and website of the increasingly popular magazine.
In her sparse free time, Lura enjoys spending time with her family and friends enjoying the Nation's Oldest City, long distance running(she recently ran her first marathon), competing in both road races and triathlons, cycling, golf, water sports of all kinds, and, of course, hanging at the beach(who doesn't here?!). Her favorite saying: "Sleeping...is highly overrated..."
Dawn Lopez is the Morning and Noon News Anchor for Fox 30/WAWS and CBS 47/WTEV. dawn has been with the stations for more than ten years. She grew up on the First Coast; attended Sandalwood and Wolfson High School and the University of North Florida. An avid beach-goer in her spare time, she is also the mother of very active twins. Dawn is an enthusiastic sign language interpreter at her church; she loves to share her joys and experiences through sign.
Dawn's community work is legend; her work with the local Foster children group, First Coast Children has led to her award-winning biweekly features called " Jacksonville's Children" segment which airs on Action News. Through her involvement, more children are being adopted from Foster care on the First Coast. Dawn says of her many accolades and awards from her work as a News Anchor and her involvement with Jacksonville's Children, " The awards I'm most proud of have been for my Jacksonville's Children's segment. It runs twice weekly on Action News. I tell the stories of local Foster Children who are up for adoption. You'll also find videos of the children I've featured on actionnewsjax.com <http://actionnewsjax.com/> ."
Allie O. is St. Augustine's biggest fan and kindest critic. Her reviews and tips reach thousands of readers across America via SimplyStAugustine.com http://www.SimplyStAugustine.com where she shows tourists how to "enjoy their stay the local way".
As a local, she connects with St. Augustine Record readers as well. Living in the nation's oldest city is amazing and she wants everyone in St. Johns County to "Love where you live!" With some luck o' the Irish and lots of the grace of God, she enjoys life to the fullest daily along with her hubby and six children.
Troy Blevins came to St. Augustine in 1987 to play baseball for Flagler College and fell in love with St. Augustine. After finishing college with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Recreation Management he went to work for St Johns County Parks and Recreation. Throughout his 23 years with St Johns County he is most proud of creating the Afterschool programs and Summer Programs in St Johns County. He is also credited in creating the currently renovated St. Augustine Amphitheatre and bringing national known acts to St. Augustine.
Troy prides himself on being a family man first and in Spring of 2012 in walked from St Augustine to Washington DC. He is the father of two boys that fall on the autism spectrum and the goal was to raise awareness to the growing number of autistic children in our society. Troy has been with his Gina for 19 years and they work together as a team to run the Project Autism of St Johns foundation. Which was established by local parents to assist children with autism.
Troy currently works at a consulting firm in which he is the founder and managing member. Walking Man Consulting helps build business to business relationships and advises business strategies for their clients. He is still in the entertainment field, managing clients in the professional sports, music and the arts. Troy currently is an active real estate sales associate for Devlin Properties based out of Ponte Vedra Florida.
Renee Unsworth is the arts and entertainment editor at the St. Augustine Record. She is in charge of Compass Magazine and takes photos of arts events around town, which are featured at spotted.staugustine.com.
Renee resides in St. Augustine with her husband Shawn and three daughters. She is an arts advocate and enjoys sharing her passion for the arts with residents and visitors in her favorite place to live — St. Augustine!
Jessica Clark anchors the First Coast News weekend evening newscasts. You can also see her reporting from the First Coast News Southern Bureau during the week.
Jessica joined the First Coast News team in 2005. She has been reporting and anchoring since 1997. She has worked in Dothan, Alabama, Columbus, Georgia, and in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Jessica is an award winning journalist. She has covered a variety of breaking stories including hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes as well as presidential visits and the Haleigh Cummings missing child case.
Jessica graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunication - broadcast news.
Jessica lives in St. Augustine with her husband. She grew up in Tampa. She enjoys antiquing, baking, and Florida history.