Despite a little chill in the air, the streets were filled with people for the annual parade.
The spirit of St. Patrick’s Day was never far from the cheering crowd that lined the parade route. The sound of the bagpipes always has an impact on this iconic gathering.
People came to see and cheer the Colleens and their courts. The Holyoke Colleen, Lauren Dulude rode atop the float designed as a typical living room in Ireland. Court member Meaghan Goshea’s mom and dad displayed their pride along the parade route.
“What she’s done, it’s kind of we had no idea she was going and all of a sudden she springs it on us, and there she is,” said Goshea. “It’s been a great experience for her, she’s done a great job and she loves it.”
Since the first Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade began nearly 70 years ago, Kathy O’Connor of Holyoke told 22News, she’s only missed one. And on Sunday, March 17th, 2019, she introduced her infant grandson to the family tradition.
“It does bring a lot of pride, I wasn’t sure they should bring him, he’s only a month old, oh they said it’s going to be too cold, they said we’re bringing him,” O’Connor said.
It’s been said on many occasions that everyone is Irish during the day of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Truer words were never spoken of this parade that brings people together.
For the people who lined the nearly two-and-a-half mile parade route, they’ve been treated to a memorable three hours and for those who couldn’t attend the parade, 22News is proud to have provided live coverage from start to finish on the CW Springfield.
The 22News team is proud to have been part of this memorable event, a parade in keeping with the grand tradition that began 68 years ago.