“Schools will play a big part in the parade,” Lawrence Police Detective Tom Cuddy, who chairs the parade committee, told reporter Yadira Betances. “We were very, very pleased by the turnout and the amount of support we’ve received for the parade.”
The parade’s grand marshal will be Edward F. “Hoppy” Curran, a Lawrence native now living in Methuen. Curran served with the Army during the Vietnam War and earned a Silver Medal and the Gallantry Cross. He was the director of veterans service in Methuen for nine years until his retirement in 2007.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 1 p.m. at the corner of Amesbury and Essex streets, heading up by Claddagh and over the Central Bridge onto Parker Street. Participants will take a left onto Salem Street by St. Patrick Church. The viewing stand will be at Relief’s In, 1 Market St.
The return of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Lawrence is welcome after an absence of several years. The parade celebrates another aspect of the city’s heritage.
“This is a long standing Irish theme,” Cuddy said. “This whole parade is showcasing Lawrence to people past, present and future. Much like the Italian feast and Hispanic Week, it brings people to Lawrence and is another way to showcase the city in a positive way.”
Congratulations and well done to the parade’s volunteers and donors. We hope to see a large crowd of supporters in attendance on parade day.