This year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Leavenworth set a record, an organizer said.
This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Leavenworth set a record, an organizer said.
“This is the biggest one we’ve had,” coordinator Tim Scanlon said.
The parade took place Friday afternoon. This was the 34th year for the Leavenworth St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Scanlon said there were 62 entries in the parade.
He said the weather for the parade was great.
“We’ve been blessed,” he said.
The parade featured Halene White as this year’s grand marshal.
In addition to appearing in the parade, White also was celebrating her 95th birthday Friday.
White said serving as grand marshal was one of the most exciting and happiest experiences of her life.
“I loved every minute of it,” she said.
A military officer from Ireland who is studying at the Command and General Staff College served as an honorary grand marshal for the parade.
“It’s quite humbling,” Commandant Niall O’Hara said of the experience.
O’Hara said one does not realize how much people appreciate Irish heritage until seeing it celebrated during St. Patrick’s Day.
O’Hara said the experience also will provide great memories for his family.
While growing up, St. Patrick’s Day was a much smaller affair in Ireland, O’Hara said.
He said the day’s popularity has grown over the years in Ireland. And he said this may have been influenced by the way the day is celebrated in the United States.