Raleigh has a real craic

March 18, 2014 by  

Raleigh celebrated St. Patrick’s Day two days early, and did so in style.

Residents turned out on Saturday, March 15, many of them dressed in green, to celebrate Irish culture. They donned costumes for the occasion, and one small child wore a cap that his mother said came from Dublin.

The parade was the 32nd time the city has celebrated the Saint’s day. In addition, there was music, classic cars, Irish step dancing, and rickshaw rides. Irish wolfhounds were a popular draw, and children in particular loved the candy and beads that were handed out.

The day was particularly important to a little three-year-old boy named Connor, who is currently battling cancer. Connor wants to be a firefighter, so the Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted the Raleigh Fire Department, which led Connor to being the Grand Marshall of the parade, along with John McGrath, the chief of Raleigh’s fire department. Not only did Connor get to ride in the parade with Chief McGrath, he got to hang out with firefighters for the whole day.

McGrath said that everyone loves fire engines, and that he and his department were happy to do what they could to make Connor’s day memorable.

Parade organizers could plan to work with a banner printing company for next year, so they will have colorful flags to hang along the parade route.