It went through many phases over the years - and my siblings participated in a variety of ways as children with the St. Pat's Ball, as students when the town used to get painted "green" with green tinted pottery slip on public windows (St. Pat was here, etc..), to the annual parade which we marched in as Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts, or school band members.
This picture shows St. Pat and his "court" - with my Brother Bill and Lazy in Training Terri the two little cuties down in front. I am not sure of the whole story behind how they got chosen for this "honor" - maybe they will fill us in??
It was fading out as I grew older, but I remember that each year the ceramic school would make and sell some kind of commemorative piece - a shamrock shaped ashtray, a kidney shaped dish, or, as in 1980, a turtle shaped coin bank.
I guess this was more accurately the start of my turtle collection.
I found it yesterday as I was doing some deep Spring Cleaning - unfortunately it is as it normally was - empty.
I think the Munchkin can start filling it, though. And I will tell him all about how crazy people used to let us out of school on a usually snowy day in March to watch a parade!