Wearing of the green
Rescheduled Girardville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for Saturday
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.
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.