The second St. Patrick Day’s Parade on Green Turtle Cay was a smashing success. Inspired by last year’s event, the organizers went out of their way to rally people to participate. They even invited world personalities such as the Prime Minister of Ireland (who sent acknowledgment but sadly could not attend) and President Obama.
Short of personalities, the event still attracted 119 people parading in thirty golf carts. For over one hour golf carts decorated with green ribbons, green bows, green shamrocks, one even hoisting an Irish flag, driven by people wearing an abundance of green clothes or green paraphernalia monopolized the streets of New Plymouth until they reached their final destination: Sundowners, where a raffle sale and a silent auction were to take place, proceeds to benefit Every Child Counts. At the halfway point, children were selling green lemonade and green cupcakes.
As they reached the point and alighted from their carts, people made their way into the popular bar where upon people’s entering, a waiter greeted them with a tray of green shots. Soon the tables were occupied by a happy crowd sipping green drinks while others danced to the rhythms of calypso music played by a live band.
Organizers walked among the occupants selling raffle tickets. The auction table packed with interesting lots attracted many bidders who put their names under items such as a basket containing wine, ceramic dishes and crackers, many other baskets full of food or drink items, sterling silver jewelry and much more.
At one point Sara Aiken, a regular visitor from South Carolina and a dynamic organizer of the parade, called in the first raffle lot, a bottle of Bushmill Irish Whisky that she handed out to a happy winner.
The evening proceeded in a merry environment until all raffle prizes had been won, the silent auction lots bought and well beyond into the night.
Other organizers of the event were Joelle Williams who decorated the auction baskets, Linda Waller and Angel Gardiner who acted as PR.