The weather seemed if-y in the morning, but it turned out to be a great afternoon to march. The crowds lining the route through Wappingers Falls were in high spirits, wearing lots of green, and houses and storefronts were decorated--what an event! It was so much fun.
Above, the first of the many bands in the parade, is the Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipes & Drums. A handsome bunch, don't you think? I don't know why I look so short--must be their hats. Anyway, what a mood and a tempo they set! The band was followed by the 2018 Grand Marshal, William "Bill" O'Hare and then a great turnout of hundreds of marchers, representing groups, organizations, businesses, scout troops and many elected officials, including . . .
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and State Senator Sue Serino. It's always wonderful to see them at the many events they attend all over the County.
Here we are on the reviewing stand--Msgr. Francis Bellew, a Past Grand Marshal, and our Master of Ceremonies for the Parade each year, Bill Beale. Bill does an outstanding job announcing the Parade.
The epitome of Irish, my friend, Jack Fedigan, also a past Grand Marshal, a member of the Parade Committee, and an all around delightful gentleman to know. He exemplifies Irish hospitality and generosity.
I was looking down from the reviewing stand and there, across the street, stood Olivia holding a sign she made for Michelle and me. I hope she can come and visit us both at the radio station soon. Thank you, Olivia!
Special THANK YOU to the Dutchess County St. Patrick's Parade Committee for all their dedication and hard work making this event possible every year! To find out more about the Committee, visit here.
photos Joe Daily's Scrapbook