HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke is gearing-up for its biggest celebration weekend of the year, with St. Patrick’s festivities set for both Saturday and Sunday.
Street closures for the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race start bright and early Saturday. Click here for a complete listing of Road Race and Parade road closures.
The race route will shut down to car traffic at 7:00 A.M., though the race won’t begin until 12:30 P.M.
Sunday, the parade route will close at 10:00 A.M., an hour before the parade steps-off from the former KMart Plaza on Northampton Street. Assembly for the parade starts at the plaza at 8:45 A.M.
“It’s exciting. We get a lot of customers. We get a lot of new people in the area. We get a lot of policemen especially tomorrow and Sunday, firemen. So, it’s just fun,” said Carol Beal, owner of Rusty’s Place in Holyoke. At Rusty’s Place, the celebrations started in the beginning of the month with the festive staff.
“Everybody’s been pumped up. All my staff bought different shirts from the fire departments, police departments, and we’ve been wearing them all month long,” Beal added. Rusty’s is also letting their staff off early so they can enjoy the day but they’re not the only ones getting ready for the fun.
On Friday, the Holyoke colleens finally, after waiting years, got a preview of their float for the parade, designed by a Holyoke student.
“Eight years now we’ve been doing the school design contest in the schools for the students, trying to get them involved in it. Getting the younger kids involved and this is what it’s about,” said Bill Quesnel, the float chairmen for the St. Patrick’s Committee.
If you don’t plan on heading to the parade in-person, you can watch the parade live on 22News. We will be broadcasting starting at noon Sunday.
If you are looking for something to do Friday to keep the celebration going, the Holyoke Colleens’ parade float viewing will take place at 10:00 A.M. at the Holyoke High School- Dean Campus on Main Street.