Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade roundup
PHOTO BY IAN GRANT
Hudson’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade culminated with the Pincourt Fire Department’s billowing finale.
Cool late winter weather with mostly overcast skies didn’t dampen the festivities during the 10th edition of Hudson’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. Several thousand people lined the sidewalks along Main Street from Côte St. Charles all the way to Cameron Street.
By the time the parade wound up along the intersection of Saint-Jean and Cameron, the single and double columns of people who lined most of the parade route had grown exponentially until there was a crowd who were standing in rows at least 10 people deep, cheering with delight as the parade made its final journey up Cameron.
A sea of green
The parade didn’t disappoint – it had everything spectators came to see – a sea of green costumes, including hats, glasses, shamrocks, jackets, and speckled smiling faces. There was a pipe band that led the parade, fire trucks with sirens blaring, dancers, horses and volunteers giving out candy to children of all ages.
The parade ended with a Pincourt firefighter who lit and held billowing green smoke flares aloft with his hand from atop a municipal fire truck.
Several political dignitaries attended the event, including Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls, Vaudreuil-Soulanges federal Member of Parliament (MP) Peter Schiefke, provincial Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Jacques-Cartier riding Greg Kelley, and Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal who shared their thoughts about the parade.
Nicholls led the procession of dignitaries. “The parade always lets people know that spring is just around the corner. It’s a celebration of our heritage and every year it just keeps getting bigger and better,” Nicholls told The Journal.
For Schiefke, the event symbolizes community spirit. “I love this. This is one of my favourite events in the community. It not only gets our people out but it also invites people into our community to see some of the things we have to offer. It’s always a pleasure to be here. I’m looking forward to being here in the years to come,” he said.
The proud father was accompanied by his four-year-old son Anderson who smiled and marched proudly alongside his dad during the early portion of the parade. “It’s the first parade of his life,” beamed Schiefke.
This was MNA Greg Kelley’s first time participating in the parade. “I’m standing in for my dad, Geoff Kelley, who retired. My dad marched in this parade for many years and I was happy to accept the invitation to come out here, celebrate our Irish roots and always remember how much the Irish community contributed to the building of Quebec,” said Kelley.
The Pincourt Mayor said his city has participated every year since the event began 10 years ago. “It’s always a pleasure to be here. We come here every year with our fire department. And tomorrow, for the first time, we’re going to be in the parade in Montreal with a green fire truck,” said Cardinal.
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