I recently vacationed in the Belleville area and part of my visit involved attending the St. Patrick's Day Parade. I liked many pieces of the parade: The Highlanders, the calliope, the Spiderman-shamrock figure, the leprechauns and the double-decker bus.
But please eliminate the politicians. This is an Irish parade -- not a political race. The car dealerships don't need to advertise either unless "Miss Irish Rose" is sitting in a convertible.
Aside from a few high points, I was disappointed because of:
* The lack of marching bands and other live music (get the uniforms out of storage).
* The absence of Irish dance teams.
* Irish decorated floats (other than the clan "floats"). In the Bahamas, the Bahamian men carry highly decorated "floats" on their shoulders for at least a mile; they are in colorful costumes as well. See what the Philadelphia Mummer's Parade looks like in Philadelphia.
* No "Pot of Gold" or gold wrapped chocolate coins for kids?
* Where were the balloons?
* Stilt walkers decked out in costumes? What about a float featuring The Blarney Stone?
Belleville Hibernians, you can do better.