If you’re from the Annapolis area, you’re probably aware that the city goes above and beyond the typical March 17th celebration. In fact, the love o’ the Irish is essentially celebrated the entire month! Fence & Deck Connection never turns down a good time, or the opportunity to give to a good cause, so our team was decked out in green earlier this month.
We kicked things off Saturday, March 5th with the St. Patrick’s Day Hooley at Annapolis City Dock — an evening of traditional Irish food, festivities and shenanigans. We were proud to not only donate all of the perimeter fencing for the event, but also sponsor the main stage for the wonderful music played all night long! There were wonderful musical and dancing acts of all sorts, including violinists, bagpipes, local Irish dance troops, and the main event — Dublin 5. Proceeds from the event benefited one of our charitable partners, Warrior Events. As always, the night ended with a procession from the Naptown Brass Band!
After a delicious meal, beverages, music and dancing, the team needed to rest up for another exciting Irish themed day! On Sunday, March 6th, the Annual Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade was back again after taking a year off due to COVID. With the help of our friends and family, the Fence & Deck Connection team built out three floats, two of which we sponsored for two amazing organizations — The Blue Ribbon Project and Warrior Events.
Decorating floats in the pouring rain (and thunder!) was quite an experience, but luckily, the rain cleared and the sun was shining just in time for the parade start time! We were honored to have the incredible Gold Star Mothers of the Maryland Gold Star Mothers Chapter lead the Warrior Events float. The organization was formed in the 1940s to support grieving families of those in the military.
Decked out in green, we all walked (and marched) the streets of Annapolis all the way to City Dock for the “Shamrock the Dock” after party. Dublin 5 joined the Fence & Deck Connection stage for another great performance at Susan Campbell Park to close out the first weekend of Annapolis’ St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Let the countdown begin!