Andy Buckley (“David Wallace”) appeared in this year’s Scranton Saint Patrick’s Parade two weekends ago.
UPDATE: Andy was kind enough to write up a little trip report for OfficeTally — thanks Andy!
Once again, the folks in Scranton proved that ‘there ain’t no party like a Scranton party …’ Took the red-eye to Philadelphia and Ken, owner of the LimoGuy (best Limo service in the entire NEPA area) was right there with Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in hand ready to roll. If you ever need a Limo in NEPA, Ken The LimoGuy is the guy to call …
Almost 100,000 people lining the streets. Over 1 million pints of Guinness consumed between the hours of 7 AM Saturday when the bars opened and 4 AM Sunday the next morning when last call was announced. I tried to do my part in that effort but was clearly an amateur.
Saw many many Dunder Mifflin signs along the parade route and heard many a shout out from the good people braving the cold weather. A lot of fun.
Roland Greco, a buddy of mine and ironically the Michael Scott look alike winner from the Convention and Amy ___ (I don’t have her last name I’m sorry) — the Angela look a like winner rode in the car in front of me — a couple of troopers as it was cold …
The bars were filled by 8 AM with the younger folks, getting their St. Patty’s drink on … hats off to the town, for keeping it very orderly considering the town turns into one gigantic Delta House — for that one day a year.
Met Miss Pennsylvania Rachel Brooks — a very nice gal. Talked with Governor Eddie Rendell a little bit — sharp guy. Did not get a chance to say hello to the local favorite, Senator Hillary Clinton, but as an Irishman from Boston, I did get quite a kick out of meeting and having a nice chat with Max Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy’s youngest son who is a huge fan of the show.
The biggest highlights were going from pub to pub with local legend Tim Holmes, from the Scranton Times, and hearing just about everyone in attendance shouting out “Dunder Mifflin!!! When are the new episodes coming back on???!!! Dunder Mifflin!!!!” Just a blast of an environment.
Scranton’s 20-piece bag pipe band was going from pub to pub as well. Grabbed slices during the night from Brunetti’s and Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe, had pints at Cooper’s, Farley’s, and of course at the Radisson.
Threw back a couple of pints with Sara Hailstone and Michelle Dempsey who along with Tim organized the convention … and they’re talking up the next one.
Keep your NY, Boston and Chicago St. Patty’s Day parades … give me Scranton’s any time. A ton of fun and an electric city filled with some great people. Thanks. — AB
Previous stories after the jump.
Our friends at The Office Convention took a bunch of great parade pictures:
Andy Buckley Part One | Andy Buckley Part Two
Tallyhead Amy (pictured above) writes: “My name is Amy Adams and a couple friends and I went to the Scranton St. Patrick’s Day parade to see the parade AND Andy Buckley!!!
When we saw Andy, we went crazy and when the parade was at a standstill, he was right in front of us. He asked if we were fans and when we said yes he invited us out into the parade to meet him and get some pictures!
He was so nice and we just stood their chatting until the parade started moving again. He said if/when there was another Office Convention, he would absolutely be back because he just loves Scranton and always has such a great time here!”
The NBC Store has created a limited edition “As Green As We Need To Be” shirt for the occasion. Buy shirts here.
“Acting was about the furthest thing from Mr. Buckley’s mind in the winter of 2006, when his neighbor, “Office” casting director Allison Jones, approached him about auditioning for a small part on the show that she thought he might be right for. A fan of the show, Mr. Buckley decided to give it a whirl, and in the show’s February 2006 Valentine’s Day episode, he made his debut as David Wallace, Dunder Mifflin’s straight-laced head honcho.”
Link: ‘Office’ CFO on parade
“I’ve lost a bit of my old Boston abilities at the bar. They’ve gone with my many years out in California. I’m trying to get my tolerance level back up over these couple of weeks. I’m on the two-a-day regimen — I’m at the bar twice a day. ”
Link: St. Patrick’s Parade Goes Corporate
Previous items after the jump.
The Office Convention website has just posted a memo about Andy Buckley’s appearance at this year’s Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 15.
Link: St. Patrick’s Parade memo
The Scranton Times Tribune reports that a special guest will be attending the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Andy Buckley, who plays Dunder Mifflin’s CFO, David Wallace.
I’ve kept in touch with Andy since we met during last fall’s Office Convention, and he says, “Looking forward to tossin’ back a few pints with any and all Tallyheads in attendance!”
Link: Dunder Mifflin CFO to Make Parade Day Appearance