Awesome, Yes! But do They Go Commando?

@teamfreak16 (42917)
Denver, Colorado
March 16, 2018 9:34pm CST
Tomorrow at noon, Downtown Colorado Springs will host our annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, an event that I try to attend each year, being part Irish and all. Every year, a local group of bagpipers march in the parade (actually, they march in every parade,) and they are central to my favorite St. Patrick's Day memory. This particular parade took place roughly ten years ago. I was living near Downtown, so I got up early and walked to a bar located near the parade start. This bar sells very cheap beer, so I drank several and went outside to watch. After the parade had passed my vantage point, I walked down to my favorite bar (now defunct,) about a mile away, and proceeded to drink Guinness and shots of Jameson's. I found myself seated next to a woman who was even drunker than I, and we had a great, drunken conversation about this, that, and the other. Eventually, the bagpipers from the parade came into the bar and played for about ten minutes, before heading to the next bar. It was awesome! They were loud and mesmerizing, and received a standing ovation when they finished. It was a very powerful, unexpected experience. We drank a bit more, after which I helped my new friend into a taxi and then stumbled home. That was one fun day!
The Pikes Peak Highlanders, a 30-year-old competition and performance pipe and drum band, entertained onlookers Friday evening with an impromptu performance ...
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@andriaperry (79803)
• Anniston, Alabama
17 Mar 18
I love haring th bagpipes too. Have fun tomorrow and make new memories.
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@teamfreak16 (42917)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Mar 18
I think tomorrow we are just going to watch the parade. We'll be avoiding the bars
• Preston, England
17 Mar 18
my former home city Manchester had great St Patrick's Day celebrations. Not aware of anything here in Preston. I have Irish blood from my mum's side of the family
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@teamfreak16 (42917)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Mar 18
My Irish comes from my mom's side as well. My sister traced it back. We have our own Tartan and everything. I should get a kilt.
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• Preston, England
17 Mar 18
@teamfreak16 cool, so many people think of kilts as exclusively Scottish but yes, the Irish have them too
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@teamfreak16 (42917)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Mar 18
@arthurchappell - They are just so expensive though. At least, here they are.
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@spiderdust (8151)
• San Jose, California
17 Mar 18
What a great memory!
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@teamfreak16 (42917)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Mar 18
It was totally cool. I couldn't top it if I tried. Only if I don't try might I be able to top it.
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• San Jose, California
17 Mar 18
@teamfreak16 You definitely couldn't have planned the band coming into the bar and playing. Well, maybe you could, but the randomness of it all makes the story so great.
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@teamfreak16 (42917)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Mar 18
@spiderdust - The problem is that now I would be expecting it. It wouldn't be as cool.
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@JudyEv (159765)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Mar 18
That really sounds like a day to remember. It's nice to have a few of those in your life - days that just seem to evolve into something you weren't expecting.
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@teamfreak16 (42917)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Mar 18
My other St. Patrick's Day Parade memory was pretty fun, too. They used to hold the parade in a different part of town. We went to a parade party thrown by a gay couple my friend new. Those guys were a riot. It was a total blast!
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@JudyEv (159765)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Mar 18
@teamfreak16 There are plenty of YouTube clips of Scotsman in their kilts and going commando. Our Princess Mary's father (married Prince Frederick of Denmark) wore a kilt to her wedding and it seemed pretty short. AND he was sitting opposite Queen Elizabeth!
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@teamfreak16 (42917)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Mar 18
@JudyEv - I wonder if he flashed her. That's hilarious!
@pgntwo (22636)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
17 Mar 18
Commando ? A myth, I am afraid.
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@teamfreak16 (42917)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Mar 18
I've known guys that do it!
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@pgntwo (22636)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
17 Mar 18
@teamfreak16 Yes. Apparently optional when the reigning monarch is a Queen, mandatory otherwise. Who'd'a thunk it?
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@allen0187 (34247)
• Philippines
18 Mar 18
Must have been one great experience!
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@teamfreak16 (42917)
• Denver, Colorado
18 Mar 18
It was definitely one of those really cool days.
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@toniganzon (55243)
• Philippines
17 Mar 18
I haven't actually heard bagpipes live or in person. I have seen only on tv. I bet it's really pretty awesome .
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@teamfreak16 (42917)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Mar 18
Oh yes, they are very powerful in person. Especially in a bar.
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@TRBRocks420 (100550)
• Banks, Oregon
17 Mar 18
Happy St Patrick's day and, enjoy the festivities.
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@teamfreak16 (42917)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Mar 18
We definitely will. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, too.
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