Louisville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade got plenty excited for the summer

A popular Louisville tradition that has been shelved for the past two years due to the pandemic has officially returned. On Saturday, the 46th St. Patrick’s Day Parade passed through the upland neighborhood, and there are people in the area who believe things are getting back to normal. From the bottom of the street, it looked like a sea of ​​green was forming at the corner of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue. Kids, young adults, parents and just about everyone showed up early to get a good spot for the parade. However, while the floats were the main spectacle, the atmosphere was all everyone was talking about. “It’s priceless,” said Monika Kroupova, looking out to the crowd. “We love the atmosphere, we love the energy.” “It’s so nice to see everyone having a good time,” said Jack Polte. “Everyone gets along.” “It’s like 2019, isn’t it?” says Jeff Oeswein. But for the restaurants on the street, the vibe meant more than just a good time, it was a sign of better things to come. “We have a good spirit here in the highlands,” said Laurie Gillespie, owner of DiOrio’s Pizza. “It feels like today is the start.” Gillespie said after two difficult years it was a relief to finally see a full house in his restaurant – a sight he greatly missed. “The energy, the friendship,” Gillespie said. “It feels like we’re really out of this (pandemic) and back into it. We’re ready and excited to have everyone.” Many are hoping the event is the start of a turbulent spring and summer. However, until then, they are just happy to be together after months apart. “I haven’t seen many people here in a year,” said Lousiville native George Merhoff. “It’s so nice to have us together again. It just makes me happy for everyone to have this real human experience and feel all this energy.”

A popular Louisville tradition that has been shelved for the past two years due to the pandemic has officially returned.

The 46th St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolled through the Highlands neighborhood on Saturday, and locals believe things are getting back to normal.

At the end of the street, it looked like a sea of ​​green was forming at the corner of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue. Kids, young adults, parents and just about everyone showed up early to get a good spot for the parade.

However, while the floats were the main spectacle, the atmosphere was all everyone was talking about.

“It’s priceless,” said Monika Kroupova, looking out to the crowd. “We love the atmosphere, we love the energy.”

“It’s so nice to see everyone having a good time,” said Jack Polte. “Everyone gets along.”

“It’s like 2019, isn’t it?” says Jeff Oeswein.

But for the restaurants on the street, the vibe meant more than just a good time, it was a sign of better things to come.

“We have a good spirit here in the highlands,” said Laurie Gillespie, owner of DiOrio’s Pizza. “Looks like today is the beginning.”

Gillespie said after two difficult years it was a relief to finally see a full house in his restaurant – a sight he greatly missed

“The energy, the friendship,” Gillespie said. “It’s like we’ve really gotten out of this (pandemic) and back into it. We’re ready and excited to welcome everyone.”

Many are hoping the event is the start of a turbulent spring and summer. However, until then, they are just happy to be together after months apart.

“I haven’t seen many people here in a year,” said Lousiville native George Merhoff. “It’s so nice to have us together again. It just makes me happy for everyone to have this real human experience and feel all this energy.”

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