Snow won't thwart SB St. Pat's celebrations

With the start of spring just around the corner, significant piles of snow are now in the wrong place at the wrong time.

South Bend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled for March 15th, one week from Saturday.

A 1934 Ford fire truck owned by the St. Joe Social Club has won best float award for two years running, although a significant obstacle threatens to prevent a three-peat.

The vehicle is being stored in the back yard barn of one of the club members—and it is trapped some 200 snow covered yards from the nearest plowed driveway.

We got a little problem this year, we don’t know quite how we’re going to get it out of the barn because of the snow,” said club member Phil Smoker. “So we have a little too much snow to get it out to the road, and we’re going to get the group together this weekend to try and figure it out.”

While the parade route itself down Jefferson Boulevard offers smooth sailing—many of the spectator spots on the sidewalk come with an obstructed view—in the form of tall mounds of snow lining the tree lawns.

“There are some alternatives, if all the snow doesn’t melt in time. We can kind of cut a large enough pass maybe I would move the parade a little bit to one side of the street and the other side of the street could be an area for pedestrians to, we could have the bleachers and things of that nature so we’ve got some contingency plans,” said DTSB Executive Director Aaron Perri.

Meantime, it remains to be seen which will come first—tax time or your first decent tee time. There will be no way to salvage the game of golf at South Bend courses in the month of March.

Last March, city course hosted more than 800 rounds.

“No, we’re probably now a month out from being opened, got areas on the golf course, got a foot and a half of snow, we got other areas we got six inches of snow,” said Randy Nowacki. “The thing is, once it does melt, then you’ve got the front to contend with.”

Nowacki says one foursome of Erskine regulars is already chomping at the bit. The group got in a car this morning and headed south, vowing to stop at the first open course.

The St. Patrick’s Day Tent Party in downtown South Bend is set for Friday March 14th at 5:00 p.m. Crews spent some six hours removing snow from the parking lot at S. Michigan and Wayne where the tent will be located.

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