On Saturday, March 16th, beginning at 12pm, Covington Celtic Club will host its 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Parade and Celebration throughout historic Downtown Covington. With attendance doubling year after year, CCC is excited to see even more of the Northshore and surrounding communities come out in 2019! The parade begins at the Columbia St. Taproom, turns onto Gibson, heads toward Lee Lane, turns down Rutland St and ends at Jewel’s Cigar and Briar on the corner of Rutland and New Hampshire. After the parade, a celebration featuring food, drinks and live music continues.
Some businesses along the route are having their own mini-parade watching parties, including The English Tea Room and Eatery on Rutland St. They will conduct a formal toast with the Grand Marshal and viewing stands. In addition to the 100+ CCC members handing out the traditional paper flowers, the parade itself includes a lineup of Irish wolfhounds, bagpipers, Irish dancers, British cars, St. Paul’s Marching band, Covington Fire Department (in kilts!), The Fools of Misrule, a special Grand Marshal (stay tuned for the announcement next week!), The Covington Bicycle Club, The Mande Milkshakers, The Mystic Vixens, and more!
The celebration in front of Jewel’s Cigar & Briar Shop will have lots of free, family fun to keep the excitement going. St. Kilda Celtic Band will perform on New Hampshire St. before the start of the parade. Once the parade is over- a performance by the McElroy Academy of Irish Dance will take place, the Kilts of Many Colors bagpipers will play, and then closing out the day, Next Gen V, a classic rock, unplugged band will perform until block party end at 5pm. The event is free, and there will be food and both kid friendly and adult drinks available for purchase.
Cody Ludwig, one of the founders of the CCC explained, “Both of us have Irish blood in our veins… but it was Nick’s great-grandfather, John J. Sheahan, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Chairman from 1939-1958, who inspired us to bring such a wonderful celebration steeped in tradition to Covington. Mr. Sheahan was one of the 250-year-old parade’s longest serving chairmen and most notable for bringing the first sitting U.S. President to the NYC St. Patrick’s Parade, Harry S. Truman, in 1948.
Each year, in mid-March, millions of the Irish, both native and by descent, come together with friends of all ancestries celebrate Ireland’s patron saint, Patrick… CCC looks forward to once again bringing that time-honored tradition to historic downtown Covington! Whether you’re Irish or not, we invite everyone on the Northshore and beyond to revel in our historic streets, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and see how our restaurants, local businesses, and shops throw a celebration to remember!”
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