St. Patrick's Day celebrated in Stockyards City
Hundreds gathered Saturday on the streets of historic Stockyards City, where St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated a day early.
Leading the annual parade were the crowd-favorite Chain Ranch Longhorns, slowly strolling down Exchange Avenue as spectators old and young looked on in amazement at the size of their horns.
Shortly after the cattle sauntered by, Curtis Kesner, 62, of Choctaw, was holding his grandson, Easton, 2, up for a better look. When asked about the cattle, Easton grinned and let out a loud “moo” as his head turned back toward the animals.
Kesner said he’s been enjoying coming to the parades in Stockyards City for the last several years, adding that they get bigger and better each year. Another St. Patrick's Day parade was held at the same time downtown, but he said the ease of parking in the Stockyards made it easy to decide which event to attend.
Spectators were greeted by members of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol, saw the antics of Shriners from the India Shrine of Oklahoma City and listened to traditional tones of bagpipes as marchers worked their way down the parade route.
Standing near the start of the route, Albert Med and his granddaughter, Alivea, 8, watched as the parade wrapped up.
When asked what her favorite part had been, Alivea said she enjoyed the Shriners doing silly things in the little cars. Med, who lives nearby, said it was a good parade, with a good turnout on a good day.
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