Cly­des­dales Re­turn to the An­nual FM 1960 St. Pa­trick’s Pa­rade

Public News (Houston) - - PUBLIC NEWS EVENTS - by Norm Uhl

Af­ter an ab­sence of sev­eral years, the Bud­weiser Cly­des­dales are re­turn­ing to the An­nual FM 1960 St. Pa­trick's Pa­rade. This year's Grand Mar­shal is Scott McClel­land, the Pres­i­dent of HE-B's Hous­ton Divi­sion and the lo­cal face of H-E-B TV com­mer­cials. It's dif­fi­cult to put an ex­act number on how many peo­ple come to the An­nual FM 1960 St. Pa­trick's Pa­rade, but es­ti­mates of past pa­rades have placed it at 90,000+ peo­ple along the three­mile route. Pa­rade Com­mit­tee Chair­man Jeff Do­ran grew up in Pon­derosa For­est and grew up with the St. Pa­trick's Pa­rade. Do­ran says, “I get a kick out of watch­ing mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions watch the pa­rade to­gether and in see­ing the tra­di­tion get­ting passed along to the next gen­er­a­tion. Some peo­ple who went with their par­ents are now set­ting up in the same spot and watch­ing the pa­rade with their kids.” This year's pa­rade is on Sun­day, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. FM 1960 will be closed down start­ing at 1:00 p.m.

There's a Vendor Mar­ket at the mid-point of the pa­rade in the Home De­pot park­ing lot lo­cated at 4159 FM 1960 W. That's a good place to watch due to the easy ac­cess to food, drink, and porta-pot­ties.

FM 1960 also known as Cy­press Creek Park­way will be closed from Cham­pion For­est to Kuyk­endahl from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The pa­rade fea­tures more than 100 en­tries in­clud­ing floats , Fire Trucks, and per­form­ing groups such as Ir­ish dancers.

A dis­tin­guished panel of judges will score pa­rade floats and other en­tries for orig­i­nal­ity, cre­ativ­ity, ap­pear­ance, crafts­man­ship, spirit and crowd ap­peal with win­ners be­ing cho­sen in three cat­e­gories. Youth, Adult and Spirit. Awards for the best floats will be pre­sented af­ter the pa­rade at 6:00 pm at MaK's Place Sports Bar and Grill at 5200 Lou­etta.

This is the pa­rade's 39th con­sec­u­tive year. In the be­gin­ning it raised money for Cy­press Creek EMS, the non­profit 9-1-1 re­spon­der that pro­vides emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices to an area of north Har­ris County with more than half a mil­lion peo­ple spread out over more than 177 Square miles. That's big­ger in land mass and pop­u­la­tion than the city lim­its of At­lanta, Ge­or­gia.

In ad­di­tion, Cy­press Creek's Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Cen­ter han­dles 9-1-1 and dis­patch for 15 other emer­gency agen­cies in­clud­ing many vol­un­teer fire depart­ments. CCEMS is now partly funded by Emer­gency Ser­vices District #11 which was voted into ex­is­tence in 2004. ESD#11 pro­vides about 51% of the bud­get from tax dol­lars, while Cy­press Creek self-funds the re­main­ing 49% through am­bu­lance ser­vice billing, fees from ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and fees for ser­vices pro­vided by the com­mu­ni­ca­tions cen­ter.

The net pro­ceeds raised by the pa­rade and other of­fi­cial pa­rade events now go to fund Schol­ar­ships for de­serv­ing stu­dents who want to com­plete EMT or Paramedic train­ing but can­not af­ford school ex­penses.

The schol­ar­ship cov­ers the costs for ac­cred­ited train­ing at Cy­press Creek's Charles R. Hooks Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter. To qual­ify, stu­dents are re­quired to write an es­say and meet cer­tain cri­te­ria.

In ad­di­tion to the pa­rade, other events help raise funds in­clud­ing sev­eral craw­fish boil events, a Ca­jun Cook-Off, Com­edy Night and an An­nual Golf Tour­na­ment. Ma­jor Pa­rade Spon­sors in­clude Bud Light, H-E-B, MaK's Place, Hous­ton Methodist, and 104 KRBE.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the pa­rade and other of­fi­cial pa­rade events visit www.1960pa­

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