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Latest Irish Migration: St. Patrick’s Day in Flagler Beach

| March 21, 2011

He's from New Jersey, she's from New York: Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts and County Commissioner Milissa Holland, the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of Flagler politics, at Saturday's parade. Derek Fraser, Bunnell's fire chief, is in the background. (© FlaglerLive)

It’s entirely Irish to keep migrating, and occasionally to be booted out.

Palm Coast’s Irish Social Club used to run its St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Old Kings Road beginning in the middle of the past decade. Then Palm Coast pulled one of its inexplicable edicts: no more parades beyond Town Center. The Irish sank their sorrows in a parade-less party at the Elks Lodge last year, then had the bright idea, last November 8, to ask Flagler Beach to be their latest Ellis Island.

Alice Callahan, the club’s leader, made her pitch to the city commission last November, the commission approved, and on Saturday, floats, politicians, unelected titles and parade fans gathered under the kind of sunshine that would fry most Irish skins in minutes for the city’s toast to St. Patrick. (The fifth century missionary is the patron saint of Ireland and most breweries around the world.)

The parade bleachers included the school board’s most Irish member (who happens to be a Flagler Beach resident), Palm Coast’s mayor, Jon Netts, county commissioner Milissa Holland, a couple of fire chiefs, a police chief and some of the sheriff’s underlings. Don Fleming, the sheriff, was not present: he’s not big on parades, and he was getting ready for his wedding at Halifax Plantation later that afternoon, where some of the same cast of characters was to gather again, with many more. Here are a couple of scenes from the parade.

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3 Responses for “Latest Irish Migration: St. Patrick’s Day in Flagler Beach”

  1. lawabidingcitizen says:

    Erin go braugh!

  2. Joe A. says:

    Good job to the Palm Coast Irish Social Club for spreading the tradition.

    I find it to be completely hypocritical of Jon Netts to be standing there and laughing it up on the reviewing stand when it was his City that banned the parade from Marching up Old Kings Road. He should be a shamed to show up as it was his city policies that chased the parade away. A long standing Palm Coast tradition destroyed because of irrational decisions.

  3. Justice for All says:

    Now, Joe, you can have a parade in Palm Coast, but only in Town Center. You know, the City’s “downtown” of which the majority is still owned by a single developer who is hoping for the new City Hall.

    At least Flagler Beach realizes what they still have. I think Pierre may be correct in his prediction that Jon Netts looses his reelection bid.

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