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!
It was only a few days after the last marchers had passed the reviewing stand at the 65th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but committee members were already hard at work breaking down that event and beginning work on the next one. It’s been this way since the beginning, in 1952, for what committee members prefer to call a ‘homecoming’ rather than a parade.
Since 1952, Holyoke’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has been a ‘must’ on the calendars of almost everyone in the valley. Mass Appeal toured the archives and spoke with parade veterans about Holyoke’s biggest, brightest day.
The annual Bishop's Mass for the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade will be held at St. Jerome's Church located at 169 Hampden Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 19th, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
2016 is the Centennial of the Easter Uprising in Dublin which was the beginning of Ireland becoming a Republic and freed from the control of the British.
Officials for Irish airline Aer Lingus brought their promotional road show -- complete with flight attendants in uniforms -- to the Colony Club in downtown Springfield Wednesday, using the month of St. Patrick to promote the airline's new nonstop service from Hartford-Springfield Bradley International Airport to Dublin.
Date: Sunday, March 20th, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Yankee Pedlar Inn
To purchase tickets please contact Tessa Murphy-Romboletti.
The public is invited to a community conversation with author and Holyoke’s 2016 Ambassador Award Winner Dr. Mary C. Kelly on Saturday, March 19 (Road Race day) at 10 a.m. at the Holyoke Public Library.
Events leading up to the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade March 20 continue this week with the Parade Committee set to receive a proclamation Wednesday from the City Council at City Hall. The committee will hold its annual public safety coordination meeting Friday and on Sunday will meet with other parade committees at "the Colleen Gathering" in Northampton.
Meghan Ryan was chosen Grand Colleen of the 2016 Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade at the Coronation Ball Saturday at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, 500 Easthampton Road.
The five finalists chosen in a pageant on Jan. 2 to participate in the Grand Colleen Coronation Ball were Angela Foley, Lauren Picard, Grace Lavelle, Rebecca Brunelle and Meghan Ryan.
Susan Doran of Northampton was chosen to receive one of the Holyoke St. Patrick's parade committee's most prestigious awards. Susan Doran is this year's Gallivan award winner. She joins a prominent group of people who live outside of Holyoke who've helped make the St. Patrick's parade a success.
James Wildman of Holyoke was chosen to receive the Holyoke St. Patrick's parade committee's O'Connell Award. A member of the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke, Inc., Jim draws upon his experience in project management and construction. Jim currently serves as the Operations Director of the St. Patrick’s Road Race, and also works on Parade Coordination, Marketing and Sponsorship and the Half-Way to St. Patrick’s Day Race.
Five finalists were chosen among 21 contestants for Holyoke's 2016 Grand Colleen in a pageant held on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at the city's high school.
Former boxer George Michael "Micky" Ward, Jr., whose life was the subject of the Oscar-winning movie "The Fighter," will receive the 2016 John F. Kennedy Award from the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Committee.
The Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Committee announced Sunday that long-time committee member Marc Joyce is its 2016 Rohan Award recipient.
Dinn Brothers, a trophy and engraving business, has been selected as the 2016 Citizenship Award winner by the St. Patrick's Committee of Holyoke for the 2016 Holyoke St. Patrick's parade.
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.
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
Holyoke St. Patrick's Committee will hold a reception honoring the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Committee's John F. Kennedy National Award Recipient, professional boxer, "Irish" Micky Ward. The Reception will be held Saturday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Log Cabin. To purchase tickets, please contact Sue Poulin at 413-534-5208 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's winner is Natalie Morris, a sixth grade student at McMahon School. Natalie's design is entitled "The Irish Trolley" and William Quesnel, a member of the Parade Committee and Chairman of the Float Committee will build the Grand Colleen's float based on Natalie's design.
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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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.
USA Today has listed Holyoke on the top of their list of celebrations for our area.