HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Parade weekend is upon us, and final preparations are underway in Holyoke for Sunday’s big march. The Grand Colleen and members of her court were outside Holyoke City Hall Friday morning to paint the first shamrock along the route. Mayor Alex Morse also joined in to help in the painting.
After the work was done, the Irish flag was raised outside City Hall. Holyoke Grand Colleen Maggie Walsh told 22News she’s honored to carry on the tradition.
“Growing up, I was a part of the parade. I used to Irish dance on the Hibernian float, and I always used to look up and I adored the girls that were on the Grand Colleen float, so this is going to be an absolutely special time that I’m always going to remember,” Walsh said.
Friday’s shamrock painting was the first in a series of events that are planned through Sunday in the city of Holyoke. Saturday, thousands will descend upon downtown for the 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Road Race, while the parade itself will step-off from Northampton Street at 11:30 Sunday morning.