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Hudson’s 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates success


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

The Black Watch Pipes and Drums braved the cold along with the hundreds of other parade participants at the ninth Annual Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17.

It was a bright sunny day with a clear blue sky as Hudson’s 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade moved its merry way through the centre of town on Saturday, March 17. There was a biting cold wind but in true Irish form, it was at their backs for those walking or riding the parade route.

Local, national and international attention

“This is an event that all of Vaudreuil-Soulanges looks forward to every single year,” said Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges Peter Schiefke during the pre-parade reception held at the Hudson Fire Station. Schiefke noted the parade happens because of the dedication and hard work of a small group of organizers. He also thanked Members of the National Assembly Lucie Charlebois for Soulanges riding, Marie-Claude Nichols for Vaudreuil, and Geoffrey Kelley for Jacques-Cartier for their participation.

The list of distinguished guests included the Minister of State, Department of Finance and Public Expenditures, Patrick O’Donovan from Limerick, Ireland.

“This is all part of our annual sequence for St.-Patrick’s Day,” said O’Donovan. “We participate in events around the world on behalf of the Irish government,” he said adding the visits are organized by the Irish Embassies and the Department of Foreign Affairs. “So, I am here in Hudson and tomorrow in Montreal on behalf of the Irish government.” Mayors from the neighbouring towns were also present including Robert Grimaudo from St.-Lazare, Hans Gruenwald Jr. from Rigaud, and Yvan Cardinal from Pincourt. There were more than 70 entries in the 2018 parade, according to organizing committee member Jim Beauchamp.

Queen and Court

The parade came to its traditional close with the float bearing the Hudson 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Queen Shaleigh Rose Spacklin accompanied by her Princesses Kimberlee O’Brien and Samora O’Gorman. The fun, however, didn’t end with the conclusion of the parade as the festivities continued with a family party hosted by the Town of Hudson at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre.

The party continued

Chilled parade attendees were warmed by hot chocolate and scones with jam and entertained by the Black Watch Pipes and Drums, the Costello Irish Dancers and a live performance by The Revolution. The Queen and her Court were also on-hand for the event.

“Hudson’s Irish history goes back to the 1750s and that heritage is woven throughout our town’s history to the present day,” said Mayor Jamie Nicholls as he addressed the crowd at the community centre. He noted his own heritage includes the family names of Kennedy and O’Brien.

“With that, I wish you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day,” said the mayor as he thanked everyone for attending this year’s events.

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