For some reason, even though I've been living in Dallas for who knows how many years now, I had not been to the St Patrick's Day Block Party.
Well, it's 2018 and that needed to change. As you can imagine, I had my camera with me, so here's a little visual journal of what I saw. If you see yourself feel free to download your photo or share this post, and thank you for letting me snap a pic or two of you :)
Let's get to it!
First of all you need a solid, fun crew, and this was (part of) mine:
Even the cops were in party mood and down to take photos with "randos":
Meanwhile the crowd below was starting to get rowdy, in the best of ways.
Plenty of drinks were drunk, and I was taking a few spontaneous portraits:
... but she caught me. So I ended up making new friends and taking photos of her whole group. I think I won here.
(Pause in the festivities to go visit the infamous porta-potties.)
While in line, I heard behind my back: "Somebody just told me I looked like a real-life Snapchat filter."
Another example of me trying to capture a spontaneous portrait and getting busted:
So I ended up making new friends, again. While waiting in line at the porta-potties.
Back to the rooftop!
By the way, I didn't have any right to be on that rooftop like everybody else there, as I didn't pay or had a wristband. But there's a little known secret here: if you have a camera in hand and you walk like you belong there, nobody questions you.
.... You didn't hear it from me, though ;)
The crowd below was getting bigger, wilder and and greener.
Round 2 of spontaneous portraits on the rooftop:
Then I decided to join the crowd below.
Round 3 of spontaneous portraits!
"But what about my friends?" Ok, fine.
Walking around I saw a frowny-face leaning on a rail. I wanted to take a photo but as soon as she saw me she started smiling. The lesson here: cameras make people happy.
When taking a photo of one person....
... turns into 5...
... and then turns into 8.
And everything was love and hugs until....
A fight broke out, and 2 women started punching each other in the face. Classic. But the cops got there immediately to stop it.
And less than 3.6 seconds later.... back to party!
Shortly after it started raining, and I started the pilgrimage home, but the people watching never stops.
But for some, the party was just starting:
I still don't know what St. Patrick's Day is really supposed to be about, but the "wear green and get drunk in the middle of the day" was a lot of fun. Everybody was there to enjoy a beautiful day and you could see the love everywhere you looked. Well, except that time those women were punching each other. But that was just one time.
Anyway... Time to go.
Happy St. Patrick's Day 2018, y'all!