The Irish of Hats

13 march 2016 – I do not mean to get caught up in Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. I am dodging & weaving my way along the crowded Queen St. West sidewalk, hurrying to meet my dear friend Susan for a matinée performance of contemporary dance by the National Ballet of Canada. (Which turns out to be stunning.)

But, en route, here I am in the thick of the parade-watching crowd whether I like it or not. I find myself watching, not the parade, but the people watching the parade.

More precisely, watching their head-gear.

There’s the pretty standard Irish-Leprechaun hat.

St.Patrick's Day parade, Queen W at Yonge St.

Then it gets more inventive.

There’s the Irish-Viking-with-Anne-of-Green-Gables-Braids hat.

same location

And the Irish-Cowboy hat. (With a trio of Irish-Vikings across the street.)

same location

Irish-Deeley-Boppers (L), and, not to be outdone. an Irish-Canadiens-Hockey-Team toque.

same location

Here, an Irish-Boa-Not-Constrictor …

Queen W. approaching Bay St.

and there, an Irish-Green-Hair hat (on the right).

same location

A couple of Irish-Striped-Leprechaun hats (plus cheek shamrock) …

Queen W approaching University

an Irish-Guiness hat (L) and an Irish-Dunno-What hat (R) …

same location

and, the perfect finale …

same location

a Teeny-Tiny-Irish-Fascinator hat perched atop the lady proudly wearing her Irish flag.


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  1. I marched in the parade with my rugby team, Load and loads on interesting green headgear.

    • Good for you! a blustery day to be out there … are all these hats a new phenomenon? hadn’t noticed such variety before


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