The annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade will
take place in downtown Kodiak Tuesday, and the parade's long-time local organizer
is hoping to find bagpipers and other musicians to participate.
Wander has more.
Coyote Bowers, known locally simply
as Coyote, estimates he has been organizing the parade for about 39 years,
though he admits he hasn't really kept count. He said flowers, signifying
spring, have played a role in the parade since the beginning. Relatively
expensive green carnations have now been replaced by pussy willows, which
Coyote gathers himself and says better represent the season.
-- (Coyote 1 38 sec. "We'd always go get ... with all the ladies in Kodiak.")
said the parade's route is still being determined but that it will start at
B-and-B Bar and culminate at the American Legion. He said everybody is Irish on
St. Patrick's Day and hopes to see a large turnout for the event.
-- (Coyote 2 45 sec. "Everybody's invited ... end up at
the American Legion.")
whose mother is from Ireland, said he's currently in search of someone to play
the bagpipes for the parade as well as violinists, because the traditional
music lends so much to the festivities. He said the parade will go on
regardless of whether or not he finds the musicians he's seeking.
-- (Coyote 3 46 sec. "There was real good ... we'll have
a good time.")
St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday at B-and-B on Shelikof.
Coyote described the parade as a "mall crawl," in which members of the parade will
be stopping in at Henry's, Tony's Bar and other watering holes, before ending at
the American Legion.
I'm Erik Wander.