This stupid pandemic has called a halt to so many great events over the last year, but it's so nice to see how it has also brought out the creativity in so many people who've come up with alternatives to "the way we've always done it."

In many cases, the alternative to holding a live in-person event has been to go virtual. Stroll on State is a great example of thinking outside the box and coming up with a way to still hold a much-loved event even though it was different than how it's usually held.

Well, another long-time, highly anticipated Rockford event, the Irish Marching Society's Saint Patrick's Day parade and PaddyFest has been creatively rethought, and although it won't be the same event that Rockfordians have enjoyed for decades, it still promises to be a great time.

The president of the Irish Marching Society, a wonderfully fun and wildly enthusiastic man named Danny McDade is a long time friend of the WROK Morning Show, and he called into the show on Tuesday morning to share some of the details on the upcoming Irish Marching Society St. Patty's Driving Parade, taking place on Saturday, March 13th.

Rather than groups, individuals, floats, marching bands, pipe bands, and the lot doing the traditional downtown gathering before stepping off onto the parade route, this year's march will instead be a drive around town. And the best part is that everyone and anyone is welcome to take part in it.

The Irish Marching Society has partnered with the Screw City Jeep Club for the St. Patty's Driving Parade which will gather in the parking lot of the old Magna store on East State Street here in Rockford on the 13th. Members of both organizations will be on hand at 2pm to organize all the vehicles taking part in the event which will start at 3pm.

Here's our chat with Danny McDade and further details:

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