St. Patrick’s Day Parade leaves other towns ‘green’ with envy

All photos are by Post photographer John Ferris Robben.

It’s been an oft repeated joke over the years about those who put the “green” in Greenwich, but it was no joke on Sunday, just a whole lot of celebrating of Irish culture as the town held its 39th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

As always the parade marched right down Greenwich Avenue and this year the parade was particularly timely as it took place on the actual St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, a fluke in the schedule that has rarely gone Greenwich’s way. This year top pipe bands, Greenwich schools, the Boys and Girls Scouts and other local organizations turned out for the festive celebration that was greeted by hundreds of residents lined up and down the Avenue to cheer, wear festive outfits, purchase souvenirs and even, in some select cases, enjoy an adult beverage to mark the holiday.

The day began with a traditional flag raising outside of Town Hall and then Mass at St. Mary’s Church. At 2 p.m., the parade began from Town Hall with a blow of the whistle by Greenwich Police Officer Stan Sanders. Longtime resident William Connolly was chosen to serve as grand marshal by the Greenwich Hibernian Association.

Greenwich’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade not only fell on the actual holiday this year, but with no conflict with any other nearby community’s parade it was able to bring in some of the highly sought after pipe bands in the region who were decked out in their finest as they marched down Greenwich Avenue. — John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade not only fell on the actual holiday this year, but with no conflict with any other nearby community’s parade it was able to bring in some of the highly sought after pipe bands in the region who were decked out in their finest as they marched down Greenwich Avenue.
— John Ferris Robben photo

Several notable residents marched in the parade, which attracted both those walking on their two feet and their four paws. First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectmen David Theis and Drew Marzullo, with dyed green hair for the occasion, took part, as did U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and State Reps. Livvy Floren, Stephen Walko and Fred Camillo, who brought along his faithful canine companion Rudy for the day.

A super-size slideshow of the action will be available Friday on Greenwich-post.com with festive photos taken by Post photographer John Ferris Robben.

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