Snow being removed for Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade

Equipment removes snow along the parade route for the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade in 2014.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A large-scale snow clearing operation began Thursday along the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade route.

With the March 23 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade a little more than two weeks away, many of the sidewalks along the parade route are still covered with snow and ice.

Holyoke Public Works Director William Fuqua told 22News that they want to make watching the parade easier for the tens of thousands of onlookers who will line the parade route.

“What we’re doing: pulling the snow off the tree belts and sidewalks and removing most of that, that snow and ice, so that Mother Nature can help melt the rest of it,” Fuqua said.

Longtime parade committee member Attorney Peter Brady saluted the city for making certain the parade has never been canceled, not even back in the 1990s when 17 inches of snow fell three days before the parade.

“There was so much snow that they brought in the heavy equipment from the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to clear it off, and they got it cleared off, and we had our parade,” Brady said.

Once the Holyoke DPW clears away this snow, they will remove the sand and debris underneath; all in plenty of time for the 63rd annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade.

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