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!
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.
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.
Edward J. Sullivan, 72 of Naples, Florida passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 14, 2015 in Bonita Springs, Florida. A long-time Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee member, Edward was also an honorary member of the Aqua String Band on parade weekend.
Ann M. Gibbons, 88, a retired judge who died here Friday, was remembered as a trailblazer but also engaging and funny. Gibbons was the Grand Marshal for the annual parade in 2008, and when asked whether she would walk the 3-mile parade route, she noted she had had heart surgery the previous May: "I'm good for another 10,000 miles, but I don't know if I can walk the three miles."
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.
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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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
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.