Western Mass. city holds St. Patrick's parade

Sunday, March 22
HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) - Boston celebrated the Irish last weekend. Now, it's Holyoke's turn.

About 350,000 people are expected to line the streets of the western Massachusetts city today for its annual St. Patrick's Day parade. The event will feature dozens of floats and marching bands, along with the requisite number of politicians and other dignitaries.

Parade president Robert Kane told the Republican newspaper that while the economy did affect some sponsorships, spectators won't notice any difference in the size or quality of the event.

Among the floats this year are one from West Springfield High School that includes a working waterfall and a replica of the Calvin Coolidge Bridge courtesy of the Northampton St. Patrick's Association.

The parade's grand marshal is retired Holyoke schoolteacher Christine Zajac.

___ Information from: The Springfield Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.


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