Many thanks to Bellco Credit Union for sponsoring us in the Denver St Patrick’s Parade.
Backstage prior to the ST Patrick’s Parade is an exciting place. How do we get to the staging area? Where is the entrance? Who has the key to the gate? Where is the Giant Puppet head? Did everyone find a parking space in time? The wrench? The toilet?! We allow at least two hours to assemble the Giant Puppets, adjust their costuming, add the shamrocks, get the stilt bike put together, put on the stilts and stilt costumes, and get everyone warmed up and ready to go. Thankfully the St Patrick Parade volunteers are a patient and forgiving folk who put up with my impatience and let us into the parking area early to set up. THANK YOU!
Just like backstage at a theater, the Denver St Patrick’s Parade staging area at Coors Field parking lot is a place of excitement! We spread the Giant Puppets out for assembly and costuming, at least two parking spaces for each Giant Puppet. Where are the hands for this puppet? Oops a snap is broken, where are the safety pins? Curious folks stopping by to ask questions, and we need to move the truck to a new parking spot two lots over!
The Bellco Credit Union parade contingent is split in two while waiting for traffic at a cross street. As a result we are spread out over nearly a city block. Pedaling my stilt bike in big circles, I chauffeured Lorcan the Leprechaun on his quest for gold, joining the two groups as best I could. Ahead of me are two Giant Parade Puppets being urged to “go faster, go faster” (!) behind me are two more Giant Puppets, Bellco employees with their parade banner setting the pace. Doug in his beautiful costume, red beard, and stilts greets the crowd. Following them are the two Bellco Prius autos, and a crowd of employees distributing swag to the eager crowd.
The guys did great job entertaining the crowds with the Giant Parade Puppets. Always alert and on the lookout, they navigated around overhanging trees, dogs, road apples and broken beads on the pavement. With even a slight breeze accelerated by the towering buildings, they deftly navigated the route, pausing briefly for photos, handshakes and the occasional Giant Puppet dance!
On level ground with a breeze, animating the Giant Parade Puppets is a real work out. But bending over to shake hands on a downhill slope is even more so. But the smiles and cheers make it all worth while!