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St Patricks Day Parade | Greenville Ave | Dallas, TX

Top of the morning (afternoon?) to ya! Are you wearing your green today? Hope so, because otherwise you’ll get pinched.  I’m sure you’ve figured that out by now though.:)If you’re from Dallas, you’ve probably heard of the super huge, super fun St. Patty’s Day parade.  Believe it or not- I have never been! So this year when a group of amazing friends from church decided to get together and do a little community outreach, I was over the moon with excitement.  I got to spend the day with some of my favorite people, and celebrate my Irish roots.  After all- it is the one day a year everyone wants to be around a redhead!

It wasn’t a traditional outreach, however.  We headed out armed with bottles of water to hand out, posters, and outstretched arms – we gave away Free Hugs!  Although I was maybe slightly hesitant about the idea at first, I was BLOWN AWAY by the positive response we received.  Several people I hugged thanked me and said they hadn’t had a hug in years- years! Can you imagine? Not only did I get to meet a lot of amazing people and share God’s Love, I got to see my friends in action and snap some fun photos (of course!).  I also caught a few beads as they were tossed off the floats. :)And got a really awkward farmer’s tan. And got to love on some people who really needed it. Not bad for a day’s work. Enjoy the photos- and by the way I will still give out free hugs, even without my poster. :)

Happy St Patty’s!!


My dear friend Sang is a pretty incredible hugger as you can see:)


Hug it out guys:)


As you can tell- the parade is a pretty popular event down here- over 90,000 people were in attendance!



My friends Anne (then me) and Sang

Sebastian, Jobin and Scotty – great looking group of guys (the last one happens to be my husband:))


I snuck a hug from my honey- and this nice gentleman snagged one from our friend Jason:)



Justus and his pearly whites- who could resist!?


Thanks to everyone who came out and everyone who gave us hugs! I hope you felt super loved this St Patty’s Day!

Would you ever hug a stranger?:)Or are there such things as strangers?


PS- Don’t forget- less then 22 hours to enter my FREE Portrait Session Give away!:)


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March 18, 2012 - 1:32 am

Tania Taylor Griffis - You are on the blog! Check it! :) Preston Todd Scott Griffis John Bower Jason Alley Justus Murimi Sebastian Go Sang Lintakoon Anne Hennighausen Sean Parsons Lindsey Duggins :)

March 18, 2012 - 2:30 am

Tina Vars - Loved it, Tania! The photos are amazing and encouraging to see. Thanks. :)

March 18, 2012 - 3:34 am

Tania Taylor Griffis - Thanks @[1144807828:2048:Tina]!! We had a blast. Free hug for you next time :)

April 12, 2012 - 11:29 am

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