The sun is out, the sky is blue and the outdoors is calling. Springtime is the perfect season for relaxing and having fun with family and friends in our own backyards. The possibilities are endless!
If you live in a community with roomy backyards, like in Austin’s Reunion Ranch by Taylor Morrison, invite friends and neighbors for some backyard socializing. For the adults, a wine tasting party is hard to beat. Choose the wine or let guests bring a bottle, share the names of the varietals, then have some blind tasting fun. Movie Night is another great way to go; with a little adaptation, this can be as family friendly as you want. Hang a sheet for a screen, set up some chairs and blankets, have some goodies on hand to snack on, and you’re there. The tried and true pool party offers some splashy possibilities. Many of our Phoenix homes feature pristine backyard pools and spas for your enjoyment.
Our homes include backyards and outdoor living spaces perfect for regional lifestyles. If you live in one of the Taylor Morrison single family homes in Orlando, for instance, you probably enjoy a covered lanai. Other neighborhoods, like in the Southwest, feature gated courtyards and options for outdoor cooking and dining, perfect for spending time with the family and entertaining.
Get the kids away from the computer games and have some good old-fashioned backyard family pastimes. Enjoy some DIY ring tossing, create an obstacle course, or have nature scavenger hunt, a great learning tool. Have the kids stage their own play, maybe acting out a favorite silly song (think “The Ants Come Marching In”). Most backyards are ideal for camping at right at home. If that sounds like your kind of fun, here are some camping recipes for cooking on a campfire. Have a swimming pool? Try some of these pool games for kids of different ages.
Look around your home. What kind of statement do the interior colors make? Have you considered making a change to brighten things up? If you’re feeling adventurous, you could go boldly with an unusual color palette. The right combinations can reflect your fun, quirky, and sophisticated tastes with style, whether you use bright, simple colors or more complex hues. Here are some daring ideas that might surprise you.
Show your playful side with unexpected color combinations. With its use of turquoise and red, this first idea from Apartment Therapy might strike a chord for people living in Phoenix. Bold colors are especially good in small spaces. In the snowy winter, Denver homes can be warmed up with accents of reds, oranges and yellows.
Try a vibrant color palette that puts bold accents and more traditional colors together. White balanced with blues is made more exciting with touches of orange and yellow. You’ll find some great examples, including unusual patterns, on homedit.com.
Let’s have fun with color. These unusual color combos take brightness to a whole new level, putting reds next to bright pinks, busy and colorful patterns mixed in with equally vibrant solids, cobalt blue with fuchsia accents, and complex orange for the walls with bright yellow upholstery and a busy violet and white rug.
If you’re ready to explore even more options, take your colors from nature, fashion and art, and even colorful jewelry.
If you’ve ever wondered if there’s anywhere better to live than where you are right now the answer is – YES, and its Sarasota, Florida.
How great would it feel to never slip on the ice while clipping tire chains with brittle, frozen fingers? Why not enjoy 12 full months of ideal weather for golf, tennis, water sports and outdoor activities?
With Sarasota real estate prices costing a fraction of what you’d pay in most large East Coast cities it’s time to pack your bags and head south. You won’t regret it.
1. Taylor Morrison – The Premier Sarasota New Home Builder
When shopping for new homes in Sarasota, a great place to start your search is the Palmer Ranch master planned community. Featuring over twenty different neighborhoods spread out over 10,000 acres of lush Southern Florida landscape, Palmer Ranch is perhaps the region’s most popular area to live.
A recent addition to the space is one of Taylor Morrison’s newest Esplanade communities, Cobblestone on Palmer Ranch.
Cobblestone is conveniently located near local shopping and services while providing a higher level of inspired living snuggled within a network of tranquil lakes and sumptuous foliage.
Cobblestone’s homes are designed and built to meet Taylor Morrison’s exemplary standards of quality and the community is planned in such a way to offer an exciting array of resort-style amenities to its residents.
So if Cobblestone on Palmer Ranch is one reason to move to Sarasota, what are the other 8?
2. Never Get Bored with an Endless Supply of Things to Do
This list of activity ideas is literally just the tip of the iceberg (not that there’s much ice around here!)
While the rest of the country suffers through April showers you’ll be buying peanuts and Cracker Jacks at a Baltimore Orioles spring training game.
Don’t like baseball? How about a mangrove boat tour or better yet a sunset booze cruise?
Culture buffs love the The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota History Alive tour and the free concerts at Van Wezel’s Friday Fest while more nature oriented types can’t get enough marine life at the Mote Marine Aquarium.
And if shopping’s your thing? At St. Armand’s Circle the possibilities are endless.
3. Tempt your Palate – Sarasota is fantastic for foodies!
Are you joking?
Sarasota is home to over 1400 restaurants, cafes, eateries and food trucks. Try a new place every day and you’ll need 3.83 years to get to them all.
4. Access to Outstanding Healthcare
Sarasota Memorial consistency ranks within America’s top fifty hospitals. You’ll be in good hands should you get clunked in the head in February with a golf ball!
5. Take a Dip at Award Winning White Sand Beaches
Did you know that Siesta Key was named the #1 beach in the entire nation?
The United States has a sum total of 12,380 miles of coastline – so yeah, this is quite the distinction.
The beach is distinguished for its dazzling quartz sand, brilliantly white and marvelously cool on your feet.
6. Dodge the Tax Man!
Since Florida has no state income tax and the Sarasota area offers low property tax more of your hard earned money will stay where it belongs: in your pocket!
(We actually recommend that you keep it in the bank.)
7. Throw Away your Winter Coat
Sunscreen, swimsuits, convertibles, sandals, golf clubs, fishing poles, kayaks and more – ALL YEAR LONG.
Spend one winter in Sarasota and you’ll be kicking yourself for all those winters you spent sniffling and shivering for absolutely no reason whatsoever.
8. No Better Place to Retire
TopRetirements.com ranked Sarasota as the number one retirement destination in the country.
Not too shabby.
But don’t worry – if you’re not quite ready to hang up your hat, Sarasota offers a thriving business community for the non-retired, too!
9. A Golfer’s Paradise
There are well over a dozen world class golf courses and country clubs available in the area.
Whether you’re a ball whacker or a 2-handicap, you’ll find the perfect course for swinging your clubs in Sarasota, Florida.
What really makes a community special are the people who live in it and give back to it. Everybody has something to contribute -- whether it’s donating money, time, talent or possessions. Here in New Tampa, there are dozens of ways you can make this a better place. We’re pretty sure when you participate, you’ll get a lot more than you give.
Goodwill Industries Suncoast
Since 1954, when the first Goodwill-Suncoast opened in downtown St. Petersburg, the program has grown into one of Goodwill Industries’ largest in the nation. In 2014, it found jobs for over 15,000 people and served more than 74,000, providing free meals, job skills training and more. You can help by donating clothing, volunteering time or shopping for bargains. The nearest Goodwill to our new Tampa homes for sale is in Wesley Chapel.
The Salvation Army of Tampa
The first Tampa/Hillsborough County Salvation Army opened in 1893. Last year, Tampa SA served 111,000 meals and provided 74,000 nights of shelter. They encourage the entire family to volunteer in a variety of opportunities including hosting donation drives, preparing and serving meals in an emergency or transitional shelter or ringing a Red Kettle bell during the holidays. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities year-round.
Hospice Care Center
Volunteers 14 and older who want to help others make the most of life are welcome. Whether you work in the thrift store, provide pet therapy, provide office assistance or just whisper kind words, you’ll be matched with a volunteer opportunity that matches your talents, interests and schedule. Comprehensive, complimentary training is provided.
Support the Arts
Be a docent or an usher. Build a set or make a costume. Teach a budding artist. If you’ve got a special skill, a friendly smile or just a pair of hands, you can support the arts in Tampa. Programs in need of volunteers include Five by Five Tampa Bay, an annual fall event, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Jobsite Theater, MacDonald Training Center Art Program, Moffit Cancer Center Arts in Medicine, Stageworks Theatre, Tampa Repertory Theatre, and Tampa Theatre.
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
The local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful has won a number of national and regional awards for its local beautification and environmental protection efforts. Volunteers are welcome to assist with programs throughout the area including cleanups, restoration projects, and community gardens.
Fight for Air Climb
The American Lung Association is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The local chapter pitches in with its annual fundraiser, a vertical road race where teams and individuals climb to the top of Tampa-area skyscrapers, stadiums and arenas.
Be a Mentor
Expand your horizons when you open your home and heart to a foreign exchange student ages 15-18. You agree to provide a bedroom and three meals a day for one or two semesters. Students come from Germany, Spain, Austria, Thailand and China and are responsible for their own personal expenses and medical insurance. Traditional and non-traditional families are welcome to participate.
Do you live in one of our new homes in Tampa and know about other community volunteer opportunities or good causes? Let us know.
There’s peace of mind knowing your children go to good schools. That’s why we recommend doing some research into schools before you buy a new home, including those in New Tampa, FL.
The first step in your search is to find out which schools are attended by children in the area. The 12 New Tampa public schools are considered to be among the best in Hillsborough County and all of Florida itself. GreatSchools.org, which rates schools and lets you compare them, is a good starting point for your search.
Find a Fit for Your Child’s Needs
When trying to find the ideal school for your child, consider these Four Fit Factors:
- What subjects and difficulty level would your child benefit from?
- How should your child be taught and interacted with, inside and outside of school?
- What are the social needs of your child?
- Which extracurricular activities would be good for your child?
Choose the Kind of School
After you’ve determined which schools are available in the district and your child’s particular needs, consider the type of school you’d prefer.
- Your neighborhood public schools offer a convenient option.
- Your child can also attend any charter school, regardless of the district it’s in.
- Many school districts also offer magnet schools, which usually have a specific emphasis, such as technology or art; they may also mix different grades in one class or operate year-round.
- Other school options include alternative schools, private schools and homeschooling.
Research alone won’t give you the information you need. Armed with your thoughts on what you’re looking for and which questions to ask, even a short visit to a school can help you make a final decision.
Interested in learning more? Check out these resources for choosing a school.
The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but we spend most of our time in our bedrooms. At Taylor Morrison we design owners’ suites and secondary bedrooms that give our homeowners flexible spaces for sleeping and relaxing, as you can see in these pictures from our portfolio. We’ve also pulled together some clever, low-cost tips for creating inviting bedrooms
- Place furniture to maximize any view.
- Use mirrors to reflect light and give the illusion of more space.
- Keep clutter, fussy details and busy patterns to a minimum.
- Create defined areas for sleep, reading and hobbies using dividers or just area rugs.
Create a welcoming retreat
- Choose a soothing color palette using blue tones and neutral creams, grays and soft browns.
- Opt for relaxing task lighting instead of harsh overheads.
- Add texture and softness with area rugs.
- Use relaxing scents like lavender.
- Change out the hardware on dresser drawers
- Replace old lampshades
- Reframe art work and photos
- Add accent color interest with throw pillows
Need some inspiration? Visit a Taylor Morrison community near you and tour our furnished models for the latest decorator tips. You’ll find new homes for sale in the most sought-after locations in California, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and Florida.
With construction underway, interest in our newest gated community in award-winning Fiddler’s Creek of Naples, FL is gaining momentum. Oyster Harbor is coming soon and we can’t wait to celebrate its official opening!
Fiddler’s Creek, a golf course community, has quickly become a favorite for discerning homebuyers who appreciate fine living and resort-style amenities. The 4,000-acre community features pristine lakes, wetland preserves, a meandering creek and a tidal estuary to the Gulf coast.
Sixteen luxurious three- and four-bedroom open floor plans will be offered by Oyster Harbor at Fiddler’s Creek. Square footage for the well-appointed homes will range from 1,689 to 3,486. Each home will include a master suite, well-appointed baths and many flexible space options.
The 18-hole Arthur Hill championship golf course include first-class practice facilities, a 54,000-square-foot clubhouse with full service spa, fitness center, two restaurants, and direct access to a private beach. Also planned is a second 18-hole private course with a clubhouse. In the meantime, golfers have the option of enjoying a semi-private 18-hole course located within Fiddler’s Creek and operated by Marriot Hotels.
Join the VIP List!
Does this sound like the lifestyle you’re looking for? Stay in touch and get the latest on Oyster Harbor as it develops by adding your name to the VIP Interest List. For more information contact Internet Home Consultant MaryAnn Givens or Molly Whalen at 866-495-6006, or send an email message.
As the weather warms up to spring, 5K fundraising runs begin to heat up, bringing attention and funding to non-profit causes all across the country. Whether you participate as a runner or a volunteer, these are great events for helping others and having fun. Here are some events near Taylor Morrison communities.
The PurpleStride Phoenix 5K run and family-friendly walk comes to town March 22 to benefit the fight against pancreatic cancer. Besides the timed run and untimed walk there will be kids’ activities, music, refreshments and more.
On March 28, Stride for Sight presents a 10K run, 5K run and 1 mile walk at US Airways Center. The fundraiser will also feature a Blindfold Challenge where two-person teams with one blindfolded while guided by a sighted guide.
Homeowners in our Brighton community are near the April 12 Dionysus Dash Livermore 5K run/walk through Concannon Vineyards. Wine tasting, music and awards will be part of the day.
If you live in a home or townhouse in Campbell or one of our other Bay Area communities, you can join in the Armed Forces Day 2015 for a day of running, walking, classic cars, music, food and more on May 16 at Lake Cunningham Park.
There’ll be a number of runs during the Capital City Classic on April 26. Medals will be awarded for 10 mile finishers, 5 year age division, and participants of the 5K, 12K and 2.62 mile races.
An option just for kids is the Positive Energy Kids Triathlon in Davis on May 31. The event for kids 3 to 8 years incorporates exercise.
On April 18, the 6th Annual Colony 5K Run/Walk around historic Anaheim High School will generate funds for the school’s Associated Student Body.
Owners of our Costa Mesa homes will have the Orange County Marathon 5K, May 6, practically in their back yards. Full and half marathons will also be held.
Disneyland Resort will be the site of the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend starting May 7. Runs include 5K, 10K, 1 mile and half marathon.
The Brain Tumor Alliance Denver 5K at Sloans Lake Park will help the organization provide emotional and financial support for families affected by brain tumors. The run will be held on April 4.
Hippity Hop Easter Trot & Kid’s Cottontail Fun Run will also be held on April 4. Central Park in Stapleton will be the site for a day of family fun and will include a 5K/10K. Proceeds will go to Denver School of Science and Technology.
If you’re ready to be blasted with color while you run, you’ll love the Fort Myers Color Vibe 5K Run. This fun and quirky event will invade Lee Civic Center on April 4, and a colorful time will be had by all.
Get ready for the 3rd Annual 5K Run/2 Mile Walk to support head and neck cancer patients in Southwest Florida. The event happens on April 11 at Lakes Regional Park.
Help make wishes come true at the 5th Annual Walk for Wishes 5K Walk/Run on April 18. Proceeds go to grant wishes to community children fighting life-threatening medical conditions.
A portion of your registration fee at The Human Race will go to the non-profit of your choice. Registrants will be entered to win a cash prize of $5,000 in the Birdies for Charity contest; HandsOn Jacksonville will also receive a $5,000 prize. The event will be at St. Johns Town Center on April 4.
The April 28 4th Annual Strides for Pride 5K Run/Walk supports the local LGBT and Ally community. A celebration will be held at Bold City Brewery immediately following the race.
Support wounded service men and women at the 6th annual Wounded Warrior Lone Sailor 5K & 10K. The April 4 event will be held at Blue Jacket Park.
Also on April 4, the Pig Run of Lake Nona 2015 will help support Nemours Children’s Hospital Child Life program, which provides gifts to help young patients pass the time during their visits. Runners in the unusual 3.1-mile challenge will get to eat donuts along the way.
The Pinwheel 5K Run/Walk on April 4 includes races for adults and kids. The fun family-oriented event will take place at Nathan Benderson Park.
The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the site of Run to Remember 5K for Senior Wellness, April 25. A kids’ tent with face painting, clowns, activities and healthy snacks will be part of the festivities. Proceeds will benefit residents and their families at Pines of Sarasota.
The Journey To Cure a Hero Race 2015 on April 4 will feature a 5K, 1 mile and more at Al Lopez Park. Hero or super hero costumes are encouraged. The family-oriented charity event will benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
All proceeds from the Run for Hope 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk go towards the therapies and medical expenses of five-year-old Mattie Hope Spinner, who was diagnosed with a brain injury and, at 8 months old, with cerebral palsy. The April 18 run will occur at Lake Park in Lutz.
Ryan’s Run, to be held April 17 in Ybor City, benefits the Ryan McCall Memorial Fund. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship for a Hillsborough County High School student that has the same work ethic and principles demonstrated by the foundation’s name sake, the late rising athlete Ryan McCall.
Run with Rex proceeds will support Rex Ryan, a little boy who has had several major surgeries, numerous rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and over 40 blood product transfusions. To be held on April 11 at Austin State Supported Living Center.
Runners of all levels of experience will participate in the 5th Annual Leander Lion 5K & 1K Cub Run on April 25. Races will take place on a closed course on the Leander High School campus.
Choose the organization cause or person you want to represent at the Run for Your Life Austin 5K Run/Walk on April 25. The event will be held at LifeAustin Church.
A festival and 5K will benefit Shaggy Dog Rescue. The April 11 event at Stude Park will feature a 5K with Pup Fun Run. Bring the whole family, including your (leashed) dog.
Halo House Foundation presets the Halo House 5K. The fundraising event raises funds for Halo House, which houses leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients undergoing cancer treatment at Texas Medical Center. The race begins on MD Anderson Blvd. on April 25.
Spring for Life 5K Run/Walk, scheduled for May 2 this year, raises funds for ovarian cancer research and raises awareness about the disease and its symptoms.
You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Taylor Morrison homeowners from Meadowlark in San Jose to Woodland Park in Orlando are wearing the green. We’ve pulled together a few quick craft ideas that you and your family can make faster than you can wish on a shamrock.
Find the end of the rainbow without the help of a leprechaun. With a little poster paint and some paper plates, even little kids can make these colorful twirlers. Got some Fruit Loops™ and a bit of twine? That all it takes to string these easy, edible shamrock rainbow necklaces.
Want the luck o’ the Irish? Make your own shamrock garlands, bouquets, banners and door hangers from everyday objects.
Looking for Irish games, crafts and goodies? Learn how to set a leprechaun trap, bake traditional soda bread or shepherd’s pie and even make a bit of bright green play dough here.
Ready to discover your own pot of gold? Start here and find the Taylor Morrison home of your dreams
On Tuesday the 17th of March people across the nation bust out their green duds and scour the family tree for just a drop of Irish blood. After all, there’s just no party quite like St. Patty’s Day!
And if you happen to live in a Taylor Morrison community you’re in luck. From the desert to the Everglades we’ve combed the web for this year’s top St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in your neck of the woods.
So whether you’re into fun runs or running straight to a bar to order a pint of green beer, don’t forget to grab a shamrock and dance a jig this St. Patty’s Day. You don’t have to be in Dublin to experience the Luck of the Irish!
But check event dates carefully as many of these awesome activities take place on the weekend before the big day.
Arizona – Cactuses are green, but don’t try to kiss one.
If you’re living in Phoenix you absolutely can’t miss out on the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire. The parade will travel through several Phoenix neighborhoods starting on 3rd Street from Sheridan south to McDowell and the faire will feature three stages of Irish music and dancing as well as activities for kids and plenty of food.
The party kicks off at 10am on Saturday, March 14. No sleeping in!
California – The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
Bay Area (East Bay):
When you can’t make it all the way to Ireland there’s always Dublin, California!
Roll out of bed early on Saturday to eat up at the Alameda County Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 - 10:00 AM at Fire Station #16, located at 7494 Donahue Drive in Dublin.
Next up the parade gets rolling at 9:30, running from Amador Plaza down Dublin Blvd. to Village Pkwy and on to Amador Valley Blvd.
A city sponsored festival runs from 10:00-5:00 both Saturday and Sunday at the Dublin Civic Center.
Bay Area (South Bay/San Jose):
If your idea of a St. Patty’s Day celebration is a weekend long pub crawl you’ll be glad you live near San Jose!
The Britannia Arms Almaden at 5027 Almaden Expy, San Jose will be pouring pints of green beer all weekend long with drink specials and the opportunity to pick up a specially engraved Guinness glass on Saturday for just ten bucks.
For a taste of proper Irish music head to O'Flaherty's Irish Pub on the 17th to hear The Crooked Road Céilí Band take you back to the old country.
For the 19th year straight, residents of Sacramento will be treated to Northern California’s most colorful St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Featuring literally hundreds of vibrant marchers outfitted in green and traditional highland costume, this is a cultural event not to be missed. The procession kicks off from 2nd Street between Neasham Circle and O Street at 1 o’clock on the 15th, near the Crocker Art Museum.
You can find the full parade route here.
Southern California (Eastern LA County):
For those who own real estate in Brea, CA there are a host of thrilling activities to choose from.
The legendary Queen Mary is the ideal locale for trying your legs at Irish dancing from 7pm to 1am on Sunday, March 15th. Don’t miss out on the best Celtic rock music in East Los Angeles.
Get your run on at the 4th Annual Leprechaun Leap on Sunday near The Tustin Hangar and head to Pershing Square in Los Angeles for a parade (10am) and concert (noon) on Tuesday the 17th.
Southern California (Orange County):
If you’ve recently purchased one of Taylor Morrison’s gorgeous new homes in Yorba Linda, check out all there is to do this St. Patty’s Day in the OC.
The weekend is full of family friendly events and the kids can meet a real live leprechaun at Pretend City on the 17th.
Southern California (South Orange County):
The OC Weekly has written a fantastic article on the area’s 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Green Festival.
The party will be held at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa with a little something for everyone. From talented Irish musicians to costumed dancers and plenty of food, South Orange County knows what it means to shout Erin Go Bragh!
Leprechauns in Colorado.
The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14th will start a little earlier this year, at 9:30, so plan accordingly.
At nighttime those 21 and over will want to peruse this list of Irish pubs in Denver to best plan a St. Patty’s Day pub crawl!
Shamrocks in Florida
Property in Fort Myers is sought after for its proximity to stunning beaches and a host of outdoor activities but that doesn’t mean residents can’t experience the joys of city life, too.
It’s easy to double down on Irish fun with Naples running their parade on the 14th and the Fort Myers Parade taking place on St. Patty’s Day itself. We hope you’ve got plenty of room for twice the corned beef and cabbage!
Buy a house in Jacksonville and you’ve bought a ticket to year round fun.
The Celtic Music and Heritage Festival simply rocks and the St. Patty’s Day Parade offers fun for the whole family.
Orlando isn’t just a place for taking a vacation. Just ask anyone who owns an Orlando area home.
Orlando does St. Patty’s Day right, with twenty killer events running from Thursday the 12th through Tuesday the 17th – you might just have to take a week off work to pack it all in! (Particularly if you happen to enjoy one too many green beers.)
When the members of your Sarasota home are ready to get their green on, head to the Irish Celtic Festival & Lucky Dog Parade.
The 4th annual Irish Celtic Festival is planned for Saturday, March 14th from 11am to 4:00pm at Adventure Park off SR70 with popular Sarasota only events such as the dog and owner lookalike contest as well as a chance for the man in your life to show off his legs in a kilt!
The Mayor's River O'Green Fest is one of Tampa’s most popular annual festivals. Located at the gorgeous Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park the party’s backdrop is the Hillsborough River, lit up in bright green for St. Patty’s Day-
The celebration offers live entertainment, games, activities for kids, Irish food trucks, beer and more!
What’s best is that admission is totally free. Bring your family and your dog, too!
Everything’s Bigger in Texas, even St. Patrick’s Day
Austin home sales have been through the roof over the past decade much in part to the city’s reputation as a Mecca for live music.
Check out your favorite Irish bands at St. Patrick’s Day Austin!
You don’t need to own a luxury home in Houston to take advantage of the best this vibrant city has to offer.
On Saturday the Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature a theme of Irish Roots and Texas Proud and FM 1960’s parade a day later includes a fun run, comedy night, crawfish boil and Cajun cook-off.