50 Shades of Green
The clear bright skies and warmer than usual temperatures brought out a record crowd last Saturday, March 18, for Hudson’s 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
“We estimate at least 16,000 people were in attendance,” said parade organizer Jim Beauchamp.
With roughly 70 floats, marching bands, elected officials, organizations, and myriad animals taking part, the annual celebration has grown both in scope and popularity.
Beauchamp credits the volunteers who stepped up this year to tackle all the many tasks that are part of the event, including the nomination of Queen and Court, Grand Marshall, and Irishman of the Year.
“It’s a month and a half of events and a lot of people took on the burden of the organizing,” he said. “The parade committee and the whole community came together on this.”
Best Float award, chosen by Chief Reviewing Officer Eramelinda Boquer, was the National Band of the Naval Reserve, dressed all in white, who waived their $1000 prize in favour of donating it to charity. The parade committee chose the Mingo McEwen Fund which raises and distributes money for organizations and individuals to purchase specialized equipment in hospitals and palliative care centres.
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