How about marching dressed as snakes, since St. Patrick drove them out of Ireland. I wonder what kind of car he used, and how he got all the snakes to use the seat belts? Or the atheists could carry real snakes and people would be cool with that, because they would be mistaken for Pentacostals.Are the snake handlers Pentecostals? A branch off of the main group? The several Pentecostal services I attended never included snakes.
They are an offshoot of the Pentecostals, with churches mainly in the coal regions of Appalachia. Many have been bitten, some have died and their orphaned children end up in the hands of the state. Some also drink rat poison. If they survive, it is because of their faith in god. If they die, obviously they did not have enough faith.
It is a very sad phenomenon when you learn more about it. I saw one documentary and the overwhelming, crushing poverty and isolation of the people in these dusty mountain communities made me understand why they do this.
Their water and forests are ruined by the mining companies, they contract black lung, then when all the coal is dug out, they are left unemployed and sick with worthless polluted land. They either don't vote at all or vote for the candidate who sounds the most religious. In other words, these people are so screwed.
From an objective perspective, these people have grabbed onto god, faith and heaven with everything they have, because they have given up all hope of anything good happening here on earth.
But at least they aren't atheists, so they'd be able to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade.