Hud­son St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade paints town green

Thou­sands en­joy an­nual event

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Down­town Hud­son be­came a sea of green Sa­tur­day du­ring the fifth an­nual Hud­son St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade.

Amid sunny skies and sea­so­nal tem­pe­ra­tures, thou­sands of spec­ta­tors li­ned up along Main Rd. to watch the pa­rade and cheer for he­ros like for­mer Mon­treal Ca­na­diens en­for­cer Ch­ris Ni­lan, who was the pa­rade’s firs­te­ver Chief Re­vie­wing Of­fi­cer, Grand Mar­shall Joey Elias, pa­rade queen Ste­pha­nie Ken­ne­dy and prin­cesses To­ni Nes­bitt, Shannon Marchand, Alan­nagh Ma­ciw, and Tif­fa­ny Blouin. Tom Whe­lan al­so mar­ched af­ter being cho­sen as Irish­man of the Year, as did pro­vin­cial and federal of­fi­cials in­clu­ding NDP leader Tho­mas Mul­cair and NDP MP for Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes Ja­mie Nicholls. Both men wal­ked in the pa­rade spor­ting black bow­ler hats. Meanw­hile, in­cumbent Li­be­ral Party can­di­date and Sou­langes MNA Lu­cie Char­le­bois was in good spi­rits while wa­ving to sup­por­ters, as was long­time Li­be­ral MNA Yvon Mar­coux, who has held the ri­ding since 1998 and who re­cent­ly an­noun­ced he will not seek ree­lec­tion. Mar­coux was al­so warm­ly gree­ted by spec­ta­tors while wal­king. Al­so mar­ching was Li­be­ral Jac­quesCar­tier MNA Geoff Kel­ley.

Ma­ny lo­cal groups, or­ga­ni­za­tions and bu­si­nesses mar­ched in the fes­tive event that has be­come a ma­jor draw for Hud­son. Bu­si­nesses like the Châ­teau du Lac and Cun­nin­ghams Pub, which spea­rhea­ded the event idea five years ago, sold spi­rits to pa­rade goers, while other bu­si­nesses of­fe­red things like cof­fee, hot cho­co­late, chi­li and more.

When as­ked, ma­ny spec­ta­tors said they pre­fer­red at­ten­ding the lo­cal pa­rade ra­ther than the lar­ger Mon­treal St. Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade, which took place down­town the fol­lo­wing day.

“It’s so much ni­cer to come here be­cause it’s clo­ser but still fun. I’d ra­ther do this than drive all the way down­town and fight traf­fic and crowds,” said one en­thu­sias­tic wo­man.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA ED­SON

It was a se­ven-gun sa­lute for mem­bers of the 65th NY Re­gi­ment In­fan­try, who drove in to par­ti­ci­pate in the pa­rade.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA ED­SON

Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes NDP MP Ja­mie Nicholls (left), NDP leader Tho­mas Mul­cair, Li­be­ral Jacques-Car­tier MNA Geoff Kel­ley, and Sou­langes MNALu­cie Char­le­bois were in good spi­rits while wal­king in the pa­rade.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA ED­SON

Spec­ta­tors went all out to show their Irish co­lours.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA ED­SON

MNA Yvon Mar­coux, who re­cent­ly an­noun­ced that he will not seek re-elec­tion, wa­sall smiles.

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