Brisk temperatures, a sea of green and excitement filled downtown Port Huron on Saturday March 14 for the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
The St. Patrick’s Day parade took place at noon, starting before Pub Crawl at 1pm. The parade route started at Pine Grove Park and ended on Quay Street. The Irish-American Club of St Clair County hosted of the parade.
Metro Detroit Police and Fire departments, the Knights of Columbus, the Irish-American Club and Troy’s Pub were just a few organizations who participated in the parade.
Tiffany Powers, 31 of Emmett said I like the parade happening on pub crawl.” Although it could be argued that the parade not happening on St. Patrick’s Day takes away from the allure. Bonnie Burns, 39 of Smiths Creek, said, “I think the parade happening on pub crawl is good. It brings a lot more out of town customers’ downtown.”
Not everyone feels that way though. “I wish the parade still happened on St. Paddy’s day, it’s more festive,” Larry Powers said. Larry, his wife Tiffany, and their son Shane rode on the Kearns float this year.
Although it was brisk out this year, there were quite a bit of people who came out to support the community. Larry and Tiffany Powers said they’ve been going to the St. Patrick’s Day parade for four or five years, bringing their son Shane for the last two.
Bonnie Burns said she and her daughters have been going for eight years. “The Parade gets everyone together for a festive holiday, it’s a fun day!” said Bonnie Burns.
“The St. Patrick’s Day parade is entertaining and gives the children something to look forward to,” St. Clair County Community College student Patricia Koroly, 22 of Port Huron said.
Whether or not it happens on St. Patrick’s Day, the children in the crowd couldn’t have cared less, their faces showed every ounce of excitement in them as a leprechaun came by and high-fived them while another threw them candy.