Holland gears up for this year’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Holland’s Curragh Irish Pub and the New Holland Brewing Company will hold the eighth annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon on March 17.

The parade will begin at the Eighth Street Market Place at Eighth Street and Pine Avenue and travel east on Eighth Street to the corner of Eighth Street and College Avenue. Local businesses, organizations and residents are encouraged to participate by decorating a company or family vehicle or by donning green and walking along the parade route.

Families and individuals who wear green will be invited to participate in the parade by carrying an Irish flag, a number of which will be available for free.

All others interested in participating in the parade must register. There is a limited number of entries.

The St. Patick’s Day Parade will feature appearances by the town crier, grand marshal, and Mayor Kurt Dykstra and his family, along with Holland’s official St. Patrick, R.T. Williams, and Irish dancers, bagpipers and kilt-wearers.

Organizers of this year’s parade have partnered with Community Action House to help fill its food pantry. Therefore, parade participants and viewers are encouraged to take a nonperishable food item. There will be collection areas along the parade route.

Guidelines and applications for parade admission are available at the Curragh Irish Pub, 73 E. Eighth St., and at the New Holland Brewing Company, 66 E. Eighth St. or online at http://www.downtownholland.org/stpats, http://www.newhollandbrew.com or http://www.curraghholland.com.

Applications are due by March 13.

Source: Vivian Gomez, hollandsentinel.com

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