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Which animal will be the surprise guest at Murphy's St. Patrick's Day parade?

No Judy, the elephant?

No Omar, the camel?

Nooo problem.

Restaurateur Sean Murphy's 17th annual Beach Bistro St. Patrick's Day Parade on Holmes Beach may be without some of its familiar parade favorites Sunday. But you can bet the fun-loving parademeister will have another crowd-pleasing critter for paradegoers to marvel at in their merriment.

A giraffe, perhaps?

Come Sunday and find out.

The parade will gather at 2 p.m. at Murphy's Eat Here, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and commence at 4 p.m.

For more details, call 941-778-6444.

Uh, oh! Paul Smith is one year shy of the Big 7-0!

Attorney Mary Hawk was in select company Monday in Washington. A partner in the Bradenton law firm of Porges, Hamlin, Knowles and Hawk, the Gainesville native was one of a group of lawyers from around the nation sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court attorney. Chief Justice John Roberts did the honors with the other justices in attendance.

Hawk is now able to litigate in front of the justices in the event one of her cases reaches the Supreme Court.

Son Erik, who was there, is proud and so is husband, Michael Polin.

Newlyweds Krystal and Brent Laudicina will honeymoon in St. Lucia. Nice.

Anthony Bartirome drew laughter from the audience with his opening remarks at the recent 10th annual Spirit of Manatee Awards. The Manatee Community Foundation president asked everyone if they remembered where they were a decade ago.

"I was a male model in the south of France," he deadpanned. "But I gave it up to follow my dream of becoming an estate-planning attorney."

Florida State senior Sarah Kinsey is spending spring break with a medical mission in Campeche-Dumay, Haiti. Barb, Cheryl, James, Christine and Amy wish her a safe journey.

Come see Taste of Home culinary specialist Michelle "Red" Roberts at Tuesday's Taste of Home Cooking School at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Hosted by the Bradenton Herald, Roberts will share home-cooking tips while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season's best dishes.

The fun begins at 4 p.m. and yours truly is emcee.

Tickets can be purchased at

the Herald office, 1111 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, or by visiting

Sounds like Tim McCollum, who coached Bradenton Christian's boys JV hoopsters to a 14-3 record, may be catching that March Madness bug.

"I feel something coming on," he joked. "I may have to miss work a few days."

A salute to Braden River High sophomore Michael Klene, who just made Eagle Scout in Troop 10. He painted all the classrooms in the Faith Formation Center at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. Parents Sara and Anthony are proud.

Bob and Barb Headlee are wed 55 years.

Folks singing our national anthem for the Pirates next four Grapefruit League games at McKechnie Field will be Cristal Cashmore, Friday, for the Twins; Ellery Carlson, Sunday, for the Orioles; Paul Villaluz, for the Astros on St. Patrick's Day; and Michelle Montezeri for Wednesday's night game with the Tigers.

Villaluz has quite a pedigree when it comes to singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." He sang it 229 times over a decade for hockey's Las Vegas Wranglers, who flew him back in 2013 to do the honors again at the club's 10th anniversary.

Villaluz will also sing "O Canada" when the Blue Jays return March 28.

Dom and Marilyn Passaro and their committee at Peridia Golf and Country Club hosted a golf-and-dinner event that raised almost $30,000 for the Fisher House Foundation/Wounded Warrior Project. The dinner was attended by 180 donors. It's the second time the Passaros have held the event.

Lastly, you've seen those oval-shaped bumper stickers with runners' favorite distances, such as "26.2." and "13.1"?

Terry Wells' children, Kristian and Katie, got her one that's of the Anti-Running, Lazy Marathon Jogging variety.

It reads: "0.0."

Mom gets no respect.

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