Stanstead Col­lege head­mas­ter Michael Wolfe and stu­dents give thumbs-up as the St. Patty pa­rade be­gins in Mon­treal last Sun­day.

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Made­line Mul­hol­land Mon­treal

The Pat Burns Arena was rep­re­sented in this year’s St. Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade in down­town Mon­treal on Sun­day, March 21. A bus load of ‘Arena Am­bas­sadors’ were trans­ported from Stanstead and Ma­gog to Mon­treal, cour­tesy of Stanstead Col­lege’s school bus. While dressed in Pat Burns Arena jer­seys and silly green hats, the group fol­lowed be­side the floats, wav­ing to the huge and fes­tive crowd.

The Arena’s float, which con­sisted of two ve­hi­cles, was cre­ated to pub­li­cize Stanstead and the Arena. The float was or­ga­nized by Joseph Levy, vice-chair­man of the Arena fundrais­ing cam­paign. Levy, a for­mer stu­dent of Stanstead Col­lege, cur­rently sits as a trustee on the school’s board. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pat Burns’ cousin, Robin Burns, and his friend, Pa­trice Brise­bois, Levy made ar­range­ments for the Pat Burns Arena to ap­pear in this year’s pa­rade. The first ve­hi­cle in the float was a BMW con­vert­ible ad­ver­tis­ing the arena with the smil­ing Brise­bois on board wav­ing to ap­pre­cia­tive hockey en­thu­si­asts. He was fol­lowed by a Zam­boni do­nated for the day and towed by Robert Boileau.

The day was beau­ti­ful and sunny and the streets packed with spec­ta­tors. March­ing bands could be heard while other floats played loud dance mu­sic. Peo­ple were seen hang­ing over rooftops, bal­conies and in up­stairs win­dows. Oth­ers climbed up traf­fic-light posts to catch a bet­ter view. The whole pa­rade route was com­pletely packed with a cheer­ing and wav­ing ocean of peo­ple. Walk­ing with the Arena float were var­i­ous Stanstead res­i­dents; lo­cal stu­dents, adults and some Stanstead Col­lege staff mem­bers, in­clud­ing the school’s prin­ci­ple, Mr. Michael Wolfe, who was ac­com­pa­nied by his two daugh­ters.

Pa­trice Brise­bois suc- cess­fully drew at­ten­tion to the float, as fans rushed to shake his hand when­ever his car slowed. Two Stanstead Col­lege boys, Yuri and Darcy, were hap­pily dancing be­hind the floats, draw­ing laugh­ter and smiles from the crowd. Finny, an eight year old Stanstead res­i­dent, sat atop the Zam­boni, se­cured with duct tape. With a huge smile she waved and blew kisses to the crowds from her spe­cial van­tage point.

The pa­rade ap­pear­ance was a huge suc­cess. The chil­dren had an es­pe­cially won­der­ful time. So won­der­ful in fact, per­haps Stanstead will want to con­sider mak­ing an ap­pear­ance at the Canada Day and St Jean Bap­tiste Pa­rades? It is some­thing worth­while to con­sider.

pho­tos Made­line Mul­hol­land

The Stanstead Gang, dressed in Pat Burns Arena jer­seys, gets off the Bus in Mon­treal for the St. Pa­trick’s Pa­rade.

Hockey player Pat Brise­bois pro­motes the Pat Burns Arena in the St. Pa­trick’s pa­rade.

The Pat Burns Arena float car­ries Zam­boni and Finny down Ste. Cather­ine Street.

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