The forecast was not good. But it looked like there may be a window of opportunity during the hours of the parade. So we decided to participate. We could not let down that crowd eager to hear our splendid tunes.
So we got up early on Saturday morning, put on our green, and loaded our equipment on the band trailer. We made it all the way to Millsboro. Then we got the call. The Town of Ocean City and The Delmarva Irish-American Club had cancelled the event, and this statement was issued:
"Unfortunately, today’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled due to the weather and the public safety concerns of the parade participants and spectators. Thank you for your patience as we tried our best to host one of our favorite events of the year!! While it has rained on our parade, there is still plenty of Irish fun to be had in Ocean City this weekend!!"
So the bus driver turned the bus around on a dime, and we retreated to the high school. It was bittersweet news. We love to march, and it would have been the last parade for our seniors. But we like to be dry too. And our instruments don't like rain much.