The 2014 Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade festivities will kick off on March 15 at 11:45 a.m. with special pre-parade performances by local Irish dance groups and Irish musicians. The performance will take place on Peachtree Street – directly in front of the VIP Reviewing Stand.
At noon, the parade officially steps off on Peachtree Street in Midtown. The 2014 Atlanta St. Pat-rick’s Parade will feature more than 2,000 dancers, musicians and Irish enthusiasts, as well as huge parade balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns, animals and one of the world’s largest Irish walking flags.
The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade is also excited to announce that the iconic Budweiser Clydes-dales will participate in this year’s parade. The eight-horse hitch, companion Dalmatian and famous red, white and gold beer wagon will travel down Peachtree Street in Midtown to the delight of cheering crowds out for the parade. For 80 years, the well-loved Clydesdales have embodied the Budweiser brand and have become an enduring all-American symbol of the brand’s heritage and traditi Read more...
Familiar green trefoil or “three leaflets” holds particular sway in the imaginations of many people.
An enduring image of St. Patrick’s Day is shamrock, traditionally placed as an icon on March issues of Hometown News. Shamrocks are considered clovers, used as fodder for plants to feed butterflies and moths. Various types of clovers, alone or in grass, are also staple crops for soiling and pasturing. Shamrocks grow freely and abundantly, shooting up again and again, and are nutritious for livestock.
According to legend, shamrock became a traditional symbol in Ireland under St. Patrick, a Christian missionary in the fifth century. He used it to explain to pagan Irish the Christian mystery of the Trinity, defining God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Just as there is one shamrock, there are three leaflets. Shamrock symbols were used on badges and various motifs throughout the counties of Ireland.
It was from shamrock that the Irish got their national color. Versions of “The Wearing of the Green” native street ballad noted a technicalit Read more...
Metro Atlanta is blessed with many Irish pubs – but Fado in Buckhead is the only one that was ac-tually designed and constructed in Ireland. Fado has been ground zero for all things green since 1996, and it has a full weekend of St. Patrick’s Day revelry on tap.
Things kick off on March 14 with the St. Baldrick’s charity event. The annual head-shaving mara-thon is at 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and raises money for children’s cancer research. Learn more at www.facebook.com/pages/st-baldricks-at-fado-atlanta.March 15 greets early risers with European sports on the telly and a full pub menu at 7:30 a.m. The famous Outdoor Block Party revs up at noon, with live music until 10:30 p.m. and an indoor DJ taking over starting at 9 p.m. March 16 brings the “Day of Rest,” with European sports beginning at 8 a.m. and live music at 2-11 p.m. Irish dancers will perform throughout the day, and a guest bar-tender event for charity happens at noon-3 p.m.
The big day itself, March 17, starts early with kegs and eggs, and segues into another outdoor bash at noon. Live music at 2- Read more...
When you plant a new tree, it is hard to imagine the growth that will take place in the years to come. The truth is that most new trees will outlive the person who planted them. Proper tree and site selection are important to insuring the health and problem-free enjoyment of your landscape.
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) suggests that homeowners carefully choose trees based on this criterion: the location in which the tree will be planted, the correct species for the envi-ronment and long-term maintenance needs. A local nursery or tree farm should be able to assist you in finding the best tree for your property based on these guidelines.
The best measure for insuring your new tree will thrive is to plant it correctly and pay careful atten-tion to its early maintenance.
“Planting a tree is making an investment in the future,” said Sharon Lilly, ISA educational director. “You must care for and nurture your young tree so that it will pay dividends for years to come.”
Tree Planting Tips For bare root trees, neatly cut away any broken or Read more...