HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – As many as 400,000 people have lined the streets for a Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Parade on a mild sunny Sunday. Parade coordinators are hoping for a similar turn out on the weekend of March 19th and 20th. There’s also talk of a possible record 7,000 runners participating, but it’s all contingent on the weather.
But one thing’s fairly certain: it’s doubtful that the parade weekend will be anything like the snow-covered parade route one year ago. And that means the pressure’s off the Holyoke Department of Public Works. “It’s just an enjoyable relief,” Holyoke DPW director William Fuqua told 22News, adding that the mild weather allows them to “focus on the task we have to do, sweeping, patching potholes and what not.”
With dozens of floats and dozens of marching units, the coordinating committee makes certain that the parade runs like clockwork. Parade committee member Marion Tierney says that “My husband used to go down and look at the floats ahead of time for safety reasons, to make sure everything was secure and ready to roll.”
It takes a lot of coordination for the parade, with its thousands of marchers, to come off without a hitch. Any issues that remained were hopefully cleared up during Friday’s coordinating conference. Organizers are making certain everything will be perfect for the 65th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade weekend.