Philadelphia's Saint Patrick's Day Parade is the second oldest of its kind in the country, second only to New York's Parade. It's been a Philadelphia tradition since 1771.
The parade moves from the staging area on JFK Boulevard at 16th Street, north on 16th turning onto the Parkway and continues to Eakins Plaza for its TV and VIP performances. I prefer to shoot the parade near where it begins because we can shoot for half an hour or more BEFORE the parade steps off. I'll have press passes for half a dozen photographers. The parade starts at noon. Daylight Savings STARTS on Sunday at 2 a.m.; set your clock ahead one hour.
At the 2011 parade I asked Victor Guida (age 8, above) of Devon if I could take his photo (his mom was sitting next to him on the wall around LOVE Park). Victor said, "No." NO?! I laughed. His mom began laughing too, and apologized for her son's reply. She explained, "He's shy at times." I told her what he said was quite okay and then I asked Victor if he'd take MY photo. Victor agreed. I set my camera on Auto and handed it to him. He took my photo and I showed him the result. I gave in another try, and another. He handled the D70S with the[masked]mm lens quite well. Can I take YOUR photo now, I asked. "Okay," he replied. I left my camera on Auto for my shot. The flash fired and I got nice fill light under the hat brim.