Given the weather, it’s hard to believe that spring is on its way. But there are signs. Just last Monday evening, the organizers of Hudson’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade hosted a little meet-and-greet to update everyone on the preparations for the big event on March 16.
And it’s going to be a party!
The green line will be painted down Main Rd., tracing the parade route, on March 8.
The Queen and her court will be crowned at a gala evening at The Willow on March 3. If you are looking to take part in an interesting and entertaining evening, reserve a spot at one of the tables. You simply have to call and request a spot. The number is 450-458-7006. Nominations for queen are still being accepted till Saturday. Go to www.hudsonparade.com for the details on how to enter.
The Irishman of the Year will be named on Friday, March 8, too. The dinner will be hosted by the Hudson Legion. Cocktails are at 6 and the dinner is at 7 p.m.
And then there is the parade itself. So far, there are 44 entries in the parade. And more are expected, as the registration period continues.
But the best part of this whole celebration, in my opinion, is how this little parade, which started simply as an idea that was thrown out there for fun, has turned into a great community event. Perhaps it’s the timing of it. Perhaps it’s the Irish spirit that guides it. Perhaps it’s the smaller-is-often-better quality to it. Perhaps it’s a combination of all three.
As Jim Beauchamp, one of the main organizers, explained Monday, when the idea for the parade was first floated four years ago, they thought they would get about five floats. The community responded and they had 50. And a crowd that was bigger than could ever be imagined came. There was a feeling out on the streets of Hudson that day. It is difficult to describe or even to qualify. But it reminded me of something my grandfather, James T. A. O’Farrell, once said to me and a bunch of my cousins: There’s nothing like being a part of something that means something. And when you are, you know it.
Hope to see you there.