The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade has been a cherished institution since 1952. Each March, our city streets fill with happy folks from near and far celebrating Irish heritage, civic pride, faith, family, friendship and tradition. A regional event attracting over 400,000 on street spectators, this Parade is the Pioneer Valley’s biggest homecoming of the year!
Patricia Devine, who has been an official member of the St. Patrick's Parade Committee since 1988, on Sunday was named parade marshal for the 2016 Holyoke St. Patrick's parade.
500 runners competed in the second "Halfway To St Patrick's Day" 5K on Saturday. The race was started last year as a prelude to the 10K race run in March. It was so successful that it will be an annual event, according to Race Director Brian Donoghue. Glarius Rop, a 31-year-old professional runner from Kenya cruised to victory. The West Springfield resident was an All American runner at American International College.
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Kara Shanahan, 44, died Wednesday in Springfield. Her crowning achievement, was being named Grand Colleen of the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade in 1994, which set her on a path of dedicated service to the St. Patrick's Committee of Holyoke that spanned nearly two decades.
An online business news outlet omitted the Paper City from its list of the top 10 St. Patrick's parades. The story listed New York, Chicago and Boston as home to the top three parades leaving Holyoke out of the top 10 entirely.
WGBY, Channel 57 our local PBS affiliate is Broadcasting the entire Parade LIVE Sunday, March 20, 2016 at noon.
Get Ready for the 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Road Race held on March 19, 2016
USA Today has listed Holyoke on the top of their list of celebrations for our area.