Omaha World-Herald Exploring Adviser
Six Omaha World-Herald Explorers descended Saturday on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Omaha.
The high school students, members of the Boy Scouts’ Exploring career-discovery program, covered the parade in freezing weather, interviewing and photographing participants and spectators.
Vanessa Chavez of Millard South and Alejandra Varela of Omaha South met Gov. Pete Ricketts.
Zoey Huckins of Duchesne Academy interviewed parade chairman Hugh Spellman. “He likes to come here because it (the parade) recognizes the Irish culture in America,” Zoey said.
Emma Whaley of Omaha Central aimed to find the Heartland Pride LGBT group in the parade. She located it and scampered around it, shooting photos of its members and their huge, rainbow-colored flag.
Kate Smith of Millard North and Jake Pietryga of Omaha Gross interviewed representatives of the Omaha Beef football team.
“They had their quarterback and their male dancers and the cheerleaders,” Kate said.
Metro-area Exploring leader Tara Lopez took photos of the students. So did Chris Peters, a reporter for the World-Herald and a leader of the newspaper’s Exploring group.
The temperature hadn’t reached 30 degrees yet. Jake arrived at the World-Herald in shorts but wisely changed into long pants.
The parade was cold but the vibe was warm.
Participants included dancers and clowns, cops and firefighters, dogs and kids, beauty queens and old men, Mayor Jean Stothert and her mayoral opponent Heath Mello, bicyclists and people in Star Wars costumes.
Vanessa interviewed a family with a young girl whose birthday falls on St. Patrick’s Day.
Alejandra said it was fun to see the dedication of the people enduring the cold to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, which officially falls on March 17.
And it was fun to see the dedication of the World-Herald Explorers, working as journalists at a chilly, beautiful St. Patrick’s Day Parade.