Hud­son St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade hea­ding in­to fifth year

Mon­treal co­me­dian Joey Elias na­med Grand Mar­shall

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Din­ner roast

Pre­pa­ra­tions are “in full gear” for the 5th an­nual Hud­son St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade, ta­king place this year on March 15.

Of­fi­cial­ly ki­cking things off, a pa­rade com­mit­tee an­noun­ced this week that Mon­treal co­me­dian Joey Elias will lead the pro­ces­sion as this year’s Grand Mar­shall.

“Joey Elias is sim­ply the fun­niest guy around,” Jim Beau­champ, one of two main or­ga­ni­zers of the event, said, ad­ding, “We couldn’t be more plea­sed.”

Beau­champ and fel­low head or­ga­ni­zer, Ga­ry McKeown, say work is well un­der­way for the event that has be­come a huge draw in the re­gion.

In a tri­bute be­fit­ting his co­me­dic back­ground, Elias will be fe­ted - and roas­ted - du­ring a spe­cial Grand Mar­shall din­ner that will in­clude more than sim­ply pre­sen­ting him with a ce­re­mo­nial green sash.

“We’ve plan­ned a great eve­ning for people to at­tend,” Beau­champ said. “Joey’s friends and other co­me­dians will talk about why they think he should not be Grand Mar­shall of this year’s pa­rade. So it’s going to be a great night with lots of laughs.”

The din­ner and co­me­dy roast will take place on Fri­day, Fe­brua­ry 21 at the Whit­lock Golf and Coun­try Club, lo­ca­ted at 128, côte Saint-Charles, in Hud­son.

Elias’s co­me­dy ca­reer be­gan in 1992 af­ter he lost a pool hall bet to a friend and had to show off his fun­ny side. Since then he has ap­pea­red nu­me­rous times at Mon­treal’s Just For Laughs In­ter­na­tio­nal Co­me­dy Fes­ti­val, where th­ree of his ga­la shows were te­le­vi­sed. In 2004 and 2006, Elias al­so par­ti­ci­pa­ted in the Just For Laughs Cross Ca­na­da Tour, and has ap­pea­red in his own CTV spe­cial Co­me­dy Now!, as well as host of CBC’s All Ac­cess Pass. Elias tra­ve­led to Afghanistan in 2004 and 2007 to en­ter­tain Ca­na­dian troops sta­tio­ned in Kan­da­har and Ka­bul.

En­te­ring the pa­rade

Beau­champ and McKeown say now is the time for groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions to re­gis­ter to par­ti­ci­pate in the March 15 pa­rade that will take place along Main Rd., in Hud­son. Meanw­hile, the search is al­so on for the 2014 Queen of the Irish, while the com­mit­tee is consi­de­ring can­di­dates for Queen Mum, and Irish­man of the Year.

Those who wish to en­ter a float, or to march in the pa­rade can re­gis­ter now by filling out an ap­pli­ca­tion form at the pa­rade’s web­site: www.hud­son­pa­rade.com.

Ti­ckets, $55, to the Grand Mar­shall Co­me­dy Roast that is open to those 18 and up, will in­clude an Ita­lian buf­fet and the co­me­dy roast. The eve­ning will be hos­ted by DJ McCar­they. To re­serve, call 514 457-0080, or 450 458-2122.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOEY ELIAS

Mon­treal co­me­dian Joey Elias will lead this year’s Hud­son St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade as Grand Mar­shall.

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