Thou­sands at­ten­ded third an­nual St. Pad­dy’s pa­rade

Mo­ther Na­ture de­li­vers ano­ther per­fect day

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AEar­ly es­ti­mates are that close to 7,000 people li­ned Hud­son’s down­town core Sa­tur­day for the third an­nual St. Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade, which is or­ga­ni­zed by the Town.

nd Irish luck conti­nued this year as, for the third year in a row, the day was bles­sed with mild win­ter tem­pe­ra­tures and sun­ny skies. Fa­mi­lies, chil­dren, teens and the el­der­ly stood el­bow to el­bow and, at times, five rows deep in or­der to catch a glimpse of the 61 floats and groups that mar­ched in the pa­rade.

Mike Klai­man, Di­rec­tor of the Hud­son Parks and Re­crea­tion Department, said all mu­ni­ci­pal hands were on deck to make sure things ran smooth­ly be­fore, du­ring, and af­ter the pa­rade, while 38 stu­dents from John Ab­bott Col­lege’s po­lice tech­no­lo­gy pro­gram pro­vi­ded crowd control and sa­fe­ty ser­vices.

Jim Beau­champ, a mem­ber of the pa­rade com­mit­tee and ow­ner of Cun­nin­gham’s Pub, which first came up with the idea for the pa­rade th­ree years ago, said it was a "tight event."

"The pa­rade took 55 mi­nutes to complete, which we’re real­ly hap­py about... There were no can­cel­la­tions (from par­ti­ci­pa­ting groups) and no ne­ga­tive is­sues," he no­ted.

Beau­champ said Hud­son’s blue col­lar wor­kers did an "ab­so­lu­te­ly fan­tas­tic" job clea­ning up af­ter the pa­rade.

Klai­man, who said the Town has a small bud­get set aside each year for the pa­rade, no­ted that it has be­come a ter­ri­fic way to show­case Hud­son.

"We had thou­sands of people here that day. We were on the news and I’ve spo­ken to some shop kee­pers who said it was a great day for bu­si­ness," he said.

The Town al­so hos­ted a po­pu­lar fa­mi­ly event at the com­mu­ni­ty centre fol­lo­wing the pa­rade.

Beau­champ agreed the day was a suc­cess, ad­ding it’s one of the best in the year for his pub.

And it’s not over for the queen of Hud­son’s pa­rade and her court. The Town will be re­pre­sen­ted this Sun­day du­ring the Montreal St. Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade, where Hud­son queen Caroline Guy, and prin­cesses Chan­tal Lebel, Kait­lyn Mckeown and Me­gan Tru­del will ride in a Hud­son car. Beau­champ said it’s tra­di­tio­nal for the court to par­ti­ci­pate in other area pa­rades.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA ED­SON

The pa­rade drew thou­sands to down­town Hud­son.

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