The St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke held a meeting on Friday morning in preparation for the annual St. Patrick’s Parade.
The Parade Committee met with federal, state, and local public safety departments to plan for a big weekend that includes the road race on March 16 and the parade on March 17.
All emergency crews said safety measures will remain the same for this year’s St. Patrick’s festivities.
Between the road race and parade, the committee is expecting about 500,000 people to be in Holyoke for the weekend.
This year, one of the committee’s main priorities is making sure the streets and sidewalks are cleared of any snow. The committee works with MassDOT and the Holyoke DPW to make sure the streets are safe for the road race and parade.
“We budget for snow removal so we do have plans in place ready to go,” Parade Chief of Staff Kathleen Krisak told 22News. “We don’t worry till about 72 hours before the parade to make sure all the streets and safety of the visitors are in place.”
Krisak said DPW has received hot patch mix to make sure all potholes on the parade route are filled.
If you plan to watch the parade at home, 22News will have live coverage of the parade on March 17 on The CW Springfield.
You can also stream the parade on our website.