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a good time," Modglin said. During his tenure, he noted, it has never been necessary to develop a parade policy concerning protesters or political advocates.
The vibe of Des Moines' St. Patrick's Day parade instead was more about fun and festivity and T shirts like the one Connie Early of Des Moines wore that showed two clanking beer mugs and the statement: "I'm not just lucky. I'm Irish."
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A giant Irish flag was carried at the end of the downtown Des Moines St. Patrick's Day parade.(Photo: Andrea Melendez/The Register, Andrea Melendez/The Register)
Mary and Pat Doud of Stuart, along with more than a dozen family members, took part in Monday's St. Patrick's Day parade through downtown Des Moines. Pat Doud, 79, said his grandmother was a first generation American who taught the family of its Irish heritage. "We have the picture of the boat my grandmother came over on," he said. Patrick Day parade through downtown Des Moines.(Photo: Todd Erzen/The Register)Buy PhotoA sometimes biting wind in downtown Des Moines was tempered Monday by a spirit of St. Patrick's Day that parade participants shared with pride.
Modglin is hanging up his parade organizing duties after a 10 year run on behalf of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Central Iowa.
Fourteen children and 40 grandchildren into his long life, Pat Doud said he learned what it meant to be Irish from his grandmother, a first generation American. Celebrating that legacy on Monday meant that Pat and Mary Doud shared a place of honor on a big, emerald colored couch as it rolled down Grand Avenue.
Floats, beads and candy filled downtown Des Moines on Monday afternoon as the St. Patrick Parade rolled through.
Parade organizer Ed Modglin said Des Moines police indicated an estimated 27,000 people were on hand to watch 95 parade groups or vehicles strut their green and gold.
celebrate. "This is family," she said. "It's everything we are."
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"The Irish had a really hard time when they first came to this country," said Janet Hagins, whose small pull behind trailer was in use for its fifth parade and loaded with grandkids who were encouraged to show off their heritage with their wardrobe.
He said Des Moines this year avoided the parade controversy t
"This day is to celebrate our freedom," said Hagins, of Des Moines. "We are hardworking people, and we play hard, too."
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help celebrate the May birthday of the soon to be 80 year old family patriarch.
Mary and Pat Doud of Stuart, along with more than a dozen family members, took part in Monday St. Patrick Day parade through downtown Des Moines. Pat Doud, 79, said his grandmother was a first generation American who taught the family of its Irish heritage. "We have the picture of the boat my grandmother came over on," he said. "After everything she went through, it makes you so proud to be here."(Photo: Todd Erzen/The Register)
Attending the parade as a spectator was a cherished tradition in the past, said Tim Doud, Pat and Mary's son, but "we can't sit together on the street anymore because we are so big
hat developed in places like New York and Boston, where some groups withdrew from participating after parade organizers banned gay rights protesters and others who wished to march for a cause in those parades.
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