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!
Sister of St. Joseph Jane F. Morrissey is the choice of the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Committee to be the 66th Grand Marshal of the annual parade in March, officials said Wednesday.
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.