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Who will be the queen of this year’s Hudson’s St. Patrick’s parade?

Organizers of the fourth edition of Hudson’s St. Patrick’s parade are busy.

Plans for the parade, which is set to make its way down Main Rd. on March 16, are being firmed up, with the aim of building on the success of the past three years.

Last week, the details of one of the so-called run-up events to the main attraction were announced. The queen along with her court will be crowned on March 3 at a gala event at the Willow Place Inn. So if you are of Irish descent – even remotely – and you have ever wondered what it would be like to reign over a parade, now is your chance.  The deadline for entries is Feb. 25.

But not all can apply. Life is like that, and so too with the St. Paddy’s Day parade. Eligible applicants must meet a few criteria: They must be female between the ages of 18 and 30 and have some Irish heritage. They must be Canadian citizens who reside in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area. They must be available to attend parade functions leading up to and including parade day. And they must be prepared to be a special guest at the Montreal St. Patrick’s parade downtown on March 17. If you are interested in applying, go to www.hudsonparade.com

A panel of judges will evaluate the contestants on their confidence, their public-speaking ability, community involvement and spirit.

Some might look at the crowning of a parade queen as something that is somewhat outdated. Maybe it is. But that’s all part of being Irish. We are a group that loves tradition. It makes us feel secure, in a way.

Every Irish person is part historian. We relish “long-ago stories,” good times, friends, family and nothing quite touches our hearts quite like a well-written, well-delivered spirited eulogy.

And if you think I’m making this up, here’s a quiz: Why is St. Patrick’s Day marked on March 17?

The date does not commemorate St. Patrick’s birth. It marks the anniversary of his death, back in the year 461.

So prepare for a good party at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hudson. And if you are not going to put your name forward to be queen, make sure you say hello to her when she passes by. It’s tradition.

Brenda O’Farrell

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