• James Parry

Hudson's 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade confirmed for March 19

YLJ FILE PHOTO/RODNEY LORICA

Hudson's St. Patrick's Parade is a delight for youngsters and adults alike who turn Hudson's Main Road into a sea of green.

Sure 'n begorrah, it's a go. In what has become a major draw and tourist attraction, the 7th annual Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade is all set to roll along Main Road on Saturday, March 19, starting at 1 p.m. following final negotiations this past week between the Town of Hudson and the parade's organizing committee.

This following an official submission answering all specifications requested by the town on the part of the parade's volunteer executive committee for financial support in October 2015.

Committee member Mike Klaiman told Your Local Journal, January 20, “We are happy to report that the parade is now confirmed with support and financial backing from the town that we are pleased with. Also that we can now move forward to ensure that this year's parade will meet the level and all the standards that we have set in the past.”

The parade which, over the years, has attracted tens of thousands of Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents and visitors alike, is the biggest of its kind in the region after that of Montreal which has traditionally been held a day later. A boon for local merchants and restaurants in the small community of Hudson by the Lake of Two Mountains with a population of about 5,000.

Added Klaiman, “Following our recent meeting, it has now been established that the parade is a Town of Hudson event organized by a volunteer committee and we have officially submitted a resolution to this effect that will hopefully be approved by the administration in February. And we would like to thank Councillor Barbara Robinson who has been our liaison with the administration and who really came through for us. ”

And so with just two months to go, the parade's executive committee comprising Klaiman, Jim Beauchamp and Gary McKeown, together with other volunteers including David Legault, Frank Hicks, Tom Whelan, Andrew Dumas, Austin Bauchamp, Ken Doran, and Pat O'Grady will be burning the midnight oil to bring it all together.

Already confirmed is the Queen and her Court event at the Auberge Willow Inn on Sunday, February 21.