Mar 29, 2017
Utica, NY – “And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” – G. K. Chesterton
Cold snap, snow, rain? To some, it means hunkering down and waiting for fairer weather. To Central New Yorkers, that’s called “March,” and they know that a little inclement weather can’t dampen the indomitable spirit of the Irish and Irish-at-heart community.
Capping a two-week period that had already brought both the bitter cold that caused the postponement of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and, mere days later, a historic blizzard, Utica’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off on March 25th, with dancers and vehicles of all sizes braving the rainy conditions.
The parade, led by Grand Marshal Vaughn Lang, featured over 120 units, all marching to the delight of kids of all ages.
The spirit of giving also reigned, as 481 food items and $550 in cash were donated as part of the parade’s annual food drive to support Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen.
As always, the job of selecting the winning units was difficult, but the parade judges announced the following winners:
1: Mohawk Valley Frasers
2: Syracuse Scottish
3: Scotia Glenville Pipe Band
1: Johnston School of Irish Dance
2: Butler Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance
3: Dogs of Ireland
1: Maynard Fire Department
2: Whitesboro Fire Department
3: New Hartford Fire Department
1: Steven Swan Humane Society
2: Cornhill Neighborhood Assoc.
3: Fairles Wish
1: New York State Police
1: Utica Safe Schools Build a Bike
2: Wilcor International
3: Sullivan Contracting Inc.