Thousands attended third annual St. Paddy’s parade
Mother Nature delivers another perfect day
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.
The parade drew thousands to downtown Hudson.