Keen on green: Thousands in right spirit for Fort Lauderdale’s St. Patrick’s Day fun

Gloomy skies did not dampen the sunny dispositions on thousands of smiling faces at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

There seemed to be more people wearing the green than there were blades of grass in the downtown area.

Pompano Beach Irishman Garrett Mooney was dressed in a giant inflatable shamrock suit, and if his wife Veronica, daughter Tori, 16, and son Austin, 11, were embarrassed, their blushing was green too.

“All the floats that have gone by are really beautiful,” he said. “We liked the Irish bagpipes walking by. That was our favorite.”

The pipers led the Broward 10-13 Club of Retired New York City Police Officers, of which Lou Randazzo is a member.

This was not his first Irish rodeo.

“I did it in New York for 25 years with NYPD,” he said. “I was a cop down here in Sunrise and I did it [here] for the last couple of years.”

The 69-year-old Coral Springs resident calls it tradition.

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