Wear­ing of the green

Resched­uled Gi­rardville’s St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade set for Satur­day

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The Gi­rardville St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade will fi­nally step off on Satur­day.

The 14th an­nual event, spon­sored by the An­cient Or­der of Hiber­ni­ans Jack­Ke­hoeDiv. 1, Gi­rardville, will be­gin at noon on Main Street. The an­nual event draws thou­sands to the bor­ough to cel­e­brate the pa­tron saint of Ire­land and Ir­ish her­itage.

Ac­tiv­i­ties will be­gin at 10 a. m. with Mass at St. Vin­cent de Paul Wor­ship Cen­ter, Sec­ond and C streets, cel­e­brated by the Rev. Paul Rother­mel. It is thew or­ship cen­ter of St. Charles Bor­romeo Ro­man Catholic Church, Ashland. An out­door cel­e­bra­tion at the Hiber­nian House, Beech and Line streets, will fol­lowthe pa­rade.

The pa­rade was orig­i­nally planned for March 25, but it was post­poned due to snow from Win­ter Storm Stella. The storm dumped up to 18 inches in some ar­eas of Schuylkill County on March 14.

The grand mar­shal will be U. S. Sen. Bob Casey, D- Pa. This year’s pa­rade will honor the “Le­gend of the Molly Maguires,” while salut­ing all la­bor unions.

It is ded­i­cated to the 140th anniversary of the “Day of the Rope” that oc­curred in Schuylkill and Car­bon coun­ties in 1877. The pa­rade’s an­nual com­mem­o­ra­tive book­let and pa­rade pro­gramwill fea­ture the his­tor­i­cal story of the “Day of the Rope” with the his­tory of the ex­e­cu­tion of the Molly Maguires and howthe events help lead lo­cal coal min­ers to start the union la­bor move­ment of the 1870s.

On June 21, 1877, 10 Ir­ish im­mi­grant men al­leged to have been mem­bers of the Molly Maguires were hanged. In to­tal, 20 mem­bers of the group would be ex­e­cuted fol­low­ing a kan­ga­roo court that Amer­i­can his­to­rian John El­liot would call “one of the most dis­grace­ful episodes in the his­tory of the bench and bar in the United States.”

The Gi­rardville Pa­rade Com­mit­tee an­nounced new traf­fic pat­terns for pa­rade day. Maps for pa­rade reg­is­tra­tion and lineup, aswell as the exit route can be found at the pa­rade’s web­site, www.gi­rardvilleirish­pa­rade.com. Late reg­is­tra­tion will be­gin at 8 a. m. at the bor­ough of­fice, Fourth and B streets.

The pa­rade route will be­gin at the east end of Main Street, move west to Od­gen Street to Sec­ond Street, travel to A Street and move east to the fin­ish.

Food ven­dors and sou­venirs can be found at sev­eral lo­ca­tions around the town. Ir­ish en­ter­tain­ment and adult bev­er­ages will be avail­able at the Hiber­nian House through­out the day. An award cer­e­mony will take place there af­ter the pa­rade.

For­more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter for the pa­rade, or to pro­vide fi­nan­cial help by buy­ing the of­fi­cial event T- shirt or pa­rade com­mit­tee cal­en­dar, visit the event web­site.

JACQUELINE DORMER/ STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Den­nis Devine por­trays St. Pa­trick as he rides with the Gi­rardville Am­bu­lance Ser­vice dur­ing last year’s St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade in Gi­rardville. This year’s pa­rade, which was orig­i­nally sched­uled for March 25, will step off at noon Satur­day.

Don Ser­fass of the Vic­to­rian High­wheel­ers en­ter­tains the crowd dur­ing last year’s pa­rade.

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