A green tide covered Main Street in Murphys on March 18 to celebrate the 25th Murphys Irish Day. The color of the day – on everything from shirts to hats to leggings and socks, even died hair – was the emerald of Ireland.
The Murphys Irish Day Parade filled Main Street at 11 a.m., and the tightly packed crowd that filled the street was asked to clear a path for the many groups that made up the moving display of community organizations, horses, wagons, pipers and fire engines. Even Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio was part of the show, dressed in deep uniform black, except for a narrow band of sparkling green that surrounded the peak of his cowboy hat.
“We have given up trying to estimate the size of the crowd,” said Michelle Plotnik, who has coordinated the event for many years for the Murphys Business Association. “What we do know is the people who came filled Main Street, spent a lot of money, had a good time and behaved themselves very well. Irish Day continues to grow and we expect it will continue to be popular next year when it will be on St. Patrick’s Day.”
Just as soon as the last entry wound its way down Main Street and the announcer marked the end of the parade, people filed back into the street and packed it from one end of town to the other, celebrating their connection with Erin. The tide became a slowly moving, tightly spaced sea of people clad in green who enjoyed the day.
Bobbye Loudal of Columbia was the grand prize winner in the Win a Trip to Ireland drawing.