Monday, March 11, 2019




Soggy St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Putnam

The chilly rain didn't keep some of the participants from smiling

MAHOPAC – No luck of the Irish this year, at least not with the weather Putnam County’s 43rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held Sunday in chilly, raw and damp conditions.

Six divisions of marchers paraded along Route 6 in Mahopac to a sparse crowd. Normally, upwards of 5,000 jam the parade route. Police estimated only 500 turned out to cheer the marchers this year.

Parade Chairman Patrick O’Malley thanked the hearty for supporting Putnam’s annual parade: “People in Putnam are proud of both their Irish heritage as well as those who are Irish for the day.”

Grand Marshal Bill Dowling marched alongside his wife Mary.

A wide variety of marchers sent representatives to the festivities despite the horrid weather including the Hudson Valley Regional Pipes and Drums, Knights of Columbus, Mahopac High School Marching Band, Young Colonials Fife and Drum Corps, Emerald Association, Brewster Emergency Shelter Partnership, Stephen Driscoll Memorial Lodge Pipe Band, American Cancer Society, Hudson Highlands in addition to number of Girl Scout and Boy Scouts troops and fire departments from throughout the county.


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