Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Holyoke is a tradition for many western Massachusetts residents.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebrations have a large economic impact on the city of Holyoke and surrounding areas. The festivities have grown each year which keeps people coming back year after year.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend is significant not only for those of Irish heritage but for the entire city of Holyoke and its surrounding towns.
“I just love it,” Sunshine Martineau told 22News. “The parade is beautiful, the people are beautiful, everything is just amazing. I love it.”
Every year the parade brings in millions of dollars which benefits not just Holyoke but towns all over western Massachusetts.
People are booking hotel rooms, eating in restaurants, and buying from local vendors. Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos told 22News, the economic benefit from St. Patrick’s Day festivities is an added bonus to the celebrations of local residents coming together.
“The amount of food and beverage that are enjoyed it’s a really a time for people to get together,” said Mayor Kos. “I think the monetary benefit is just intangible that we just all know and appreciate.”
Even though western Massachusetts saw strong winds and cold temperatures on Saturday, that didn’t stop thousands of people from coming out to enjoy the parade.
The parade is a family tradition for many, and they say they plan on keeping it alive.