St. Pat’s parades are a gamble with nature, God or Tom Skilling, depending on where your allegiances may lie. But whichever entity Forest Park parade organizers were counting on last Saturday came through with a glorious March day.

When the weather is smiling, there really isn’t more fun than a St. Patrick’s Day parade. The crowds of kids, families and the soon to be imbibers, flooded the parade route in numbers we don’t recall in many years. Cheers and candy rained on what was altogether a feel good day on Madison Street.

Thanks to the organizers. Thanks to the village for its active and positive support. And thanks to nature, God and Tom Skilling.