St. Patrick’s Day parade returns to Lawrence

March 22, 2014 by  

Last Saturday, the city of Lawrence, just outside of Andover, celebrated the comeback of its traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade after an absence of three years.

No doubt the parade organizers turned to a variety of printing services to let those in the community know the parade was being held, and to help raise the $30,000 it needed in order to make the parade possible. The theme of the parade was ‘Cead Mile Failte’, which means ‘100,000 welcomes’ in Gaelic.

There were about 80 groups and floats participating in the parade. The Mayor, Daniel Rivera, wore a green tie and gloves and was accompanied by state Rep. Diana DiZoglio, United States Rep. Niki Tsongas, state Senator Barry Finegold, and several other municipal officials and city councilors.

Other representatives in the parade included local firefighters and police, Irish dancers, bagpipers, school groups, neighborhood associations, and Scouts. Prospect Hill and Grove Alliance, local bands, performed during the parade. There was also Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Sponge Bob SquarePants, Ghostbusters, and leprechauns. Emmett Kelly Clowns sprayed watchers of the parade with silly string, and the PFA Dance Company that showcased some impressive dancing.

The parade was about two hours long and was attended not only by residents of the city, but by many who once lived there and returned to enjoy the festivities.