St. Patrick’s Day parade creates ‘green’ day in Greenwich

The parade marched down Greenwich Avenue to the delight of the packed street of well wishers. — Ken Borsuk photo

The parade marched down Greenwich Avenue to the delight of the packed street of well wishers. — Ken Borsuk photo

The brisk weather couldn’t put a damper on the festivities as Greenwich turned out in a mood to party for the town’s 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade last Sunday.

The event, as always sponsored by the Greenwich Hibernian Association, began at Greenwich Town Hall a little after 2 p.m. with the ceremonial whistle blown by Greenwich Police Marine Technician Sean Fox. The parade then proceed up Field Point Avenue, turned right onto West Putnam Avenue and marched down Greenwich Avenue. The parade included pipe bands and marching bands from throughout the area as well as the Greenwich police, fire and emergency medical services amongst the dignitaries that included First Selectman Peter Tesei, Selectmen David Theis and Drew Marzullo and State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149).

State Reps. Fred Camillo (R-151) and Stephen Walko (R-150) also were amongst the marchers and they did so accompanied by their faithful canine companions. Greenwich Boy and Girl Scouts also marched as did the Greenwich Pipe Band along with Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band and the Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. Greenwich High School and Port Chester High School were be represented by their marching bands.

The Tappan Zee Bridgemen and the Tarrytown VFW Drum Corps also marched in the parade and a highlight were the Pyramid Shriners small cars and Irish step dancers from the Pender-Keady Academy and Anam Cara Dance School. There will be several floats built by local organizations including Greenwich Hospital, the Greenwich Rotary Club, The Order of Redmen, Greenwich Land Trust, Max Marine, the Knights of Columbus and the American Red Cross.  Wells Fargo even sent its famous stagecoach to carry longtime residents Lloyd and Mary Hull and Mary McNamee.

They were all cheered by festive crowds, many of whom were wearing their finest green, as they moved down Greenwich Avenue.

William Gallagher served as grand marshal and was joined in the parade by his aides Michael Hyland, Mark Hyland, Joe Gavin, Jim Loughran and Dick O’Connell in leading the parade. The honor of holding up the parade’s sign at the front went to Kyle and Ian Wilson, the grandsons of Patricia Wilson, the chair of the Hibernian’s parade committee, which led the all-volunteer effort.

Post photographer John Ferris Robben and editor Ken Borsuk were both on the scene and combined their efforts for a slideshow of images from the beloved town event.

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