HOLYOKE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018

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FAQ

The parade is traditionally held every year on the Sunday following St. Patrick’s Day (March 18).

The parade typically kicks off between 11:30 and 11:45AM from Kmart Plaza on Rt. 5 – Northampton Street and ends on High Street. Road closures typically begin around 11AM, so we recommend planning ahead and arriving with enough time to get to your location for viewing. Interstate 91 exits 15 and 16 are controlled by the Massachusetts State Police and are closed as conditions require.

North on Northampton Street to Beech Street; East on Beech Street to Appleton Street; Southeast on Appleton Street to High Street; North on High Street to Hampden Street.

There are spots to park on the side streets along the Parade route, but there is absolutely no parking along the parade route. In addition, there is parking available in the municipal lots downtown on Suffolk and Dwight streets for a flat rate of $5 a day. Parking lots are near the City Hall.

The parade is 2.65 miles long and can take up to 3 hours to pass by any one spot along the route.

The parade line-up will be featured in the Republican newspaper during the week prior to the Parade. It is usually posted on our Parade Line-up page when it is finalized.

Participation in the parade is by invitation only. Interested groups should indicate their desire to be considered using the “Contact” tab on this web site.

Floats are an important part of our parade and they distinguish us a premier parade. If you wish to obtain a copy of our Float Standards / Regulations, or other information please notify us by using the “Contact” tab on this web site.

We’re proud to say that this parade happens regardless of the weather- come rain, come sleet, come snow…the parade will make its way down the streets of Holyoke and we hope you will join us!

WGBY, Channel 57 our local PBS affiliate is Broadcasting the entire Parade LIVE Sunday, March 19, 2017 at noon. If you are a Comcast customer you can find it On-Demand!

Sorry, but spectators are not allowed to save seats along the parade route prior to 7AM on the Saturday of Parade Weekend as required by city ordinance.

Vendors should contact the Holyoke Board of Health at 413-322-5595. The Parade Committee is not responsible for issuing any of the permits for outside vendors on parade weekend- they are all issued through the City.

Each year it costs approximately a half a million dollars to produce a parade of this caliber, complete with spectacular special events and renowned award winners. Without the support of our sponsors, this incredible annual celebration and homecoming event would not be possible. Click here for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

If you would like information about how to join this amazing group of supporters, please contact Sheila Moreau 617.839.2217, sheila.moreau@gmail.com or James M. Leahy, 413.537.4200, leahy413@gmail.com with questions, inquiries or to request a customized proposal for your business or organization.

Our members propose and sponsor individuals who are interested in joining our organization You can contact any member for an application or let us know of your interest using the “Contact Us” on this web site. The parade committee is comprised of a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers who devote their time and energy to organizing our Road Race as well as the parade. Many sub-committees produce events for our various awards, fundraisers, leading up to Parade Weekend and year round.

Our organization is led by a President, who is guided by a Board of Directors and by our membership. You can address any concerns or comments to the President and/or the Chair of our Board using the “Contact” tab on this web site.

Participant Information

Directions

Non – Bus Vehicles Auto’s Only

From K-Mart South Exit

Turn right on Northampton Street Route 5. Take 1st or 2nd left down hill to Main Street. Turn left on Main Street and follow thru 6 sets of traffic lights. At the 9th light, approximately 2.8 miles, take a left on Lyman Street. Continue on Lyman Street up the hill and take a left at the lights on Maple Street. Park on this end of Maple and walk to corner. Holding tent is one block down on the left.

From K-Mart North Exit

Turn left on Whitings Farm Road and follow till traffic light. Turn right at light and enter Route 91 North at next right. North on Route 91 till exit 17A. Bottom of ramp staright to traffic light. At lights go straight on Dwight Street and follow Dwight Street straight at the fork and continue to third light. Take left on Beech Street through the 1st light and turn off the rotary at Lyman Street prior to heading over bridge to South Hadley. Follow Lyman Street to the 1st Light and take a right on Maple Street. Park on this end of Maple and walk to corner. Holding tent is one block

Bus Vehicles

From K-Mart South Exit

Turn right on Northampton Street Route 5. Take 3rd left Jones Ferry Road down hill to Main Street. Turn left on Main Street and follow thru 8 sets of traffic lights. Take the 2nd left after light on Dwight Street. Continue on Dwight Street two blocks and on right is a large Mill Complex and parking area. Buses pick up marching units and bands here.

From K-Mart North Exit

Turn left on Whitings Farm Road and follow till traffic light. Turn right at light and enter Route 91 South at 2nd traffic light. South on Route 91 and get off next exit, exit 14. Follow ramp past entrance to Mass turnpike to Route 5, Riverdale Street, NORTH. Follow Route 5 North past Providence Hospital bearing right at the fork. Follow Main Street and follow thru 8 sets of traffic lights. Take the 2nd left after light on Dwight Street. Continue on Dwight Street two blocks and on right is a large Mill Complex and parking area. Buses pick up marching units and bands here.

Directions to K-Mart Lot From the North

Division D-I-G
Route 91, exit 15, left turn bottom of ramp. Proceed to 2nd set of lights and take left on Whitings Farm Road. Follow Whitings Farm Road to Lot entrance on left. Report to Yellow Jacket Parade Worker at Gate of Lot for your division location.

Division C-J-H-E- K
Route 91, exit 14, follow ramp past entrance to Mass turnpike to Route 5, Riverdale Street, NORTH. Follow Route 5 North past Providence Hospital bearing left the fork. Continue North on Route 5 to Lot entrance on left. Report to Yellow Jacketed Parade Worker at Gate of Lot for your division location.

Division A–B
Route 91, exit 14, follow ramp past entrance to Mass turnpike to Route 5, Riverdale Street, NORTH. Follow Route 5 North past Providence Hospital bearing left the fork. Continue North on Route 5 just past south lot entrance. Stay to left of center divider in road and report to Yellow Jacketed Parade Worker at beginning of divided highway. You will be lining up in the street going the wrong way.

From the South

Division D-I-G
Route 91, exit 15, turn right at bottom of ramp. Proceed to lights and take left on Whitings Farm Road. Follow Whitings Farm Road to Lot entrance on left. Report to Yellow Jacket Parade Worker at Gate of Lot for your division location.

Division C-J-H-E- K
Route 91, exit 14, follow ramp past entrance to Mass turnpike to Route 5, Riverdale Street, NORTH. Follow Route 5 North, past Providence Hospital bearing left at the fork. Continue North on Route 5 to Lot entrance on left. Report to Yellow Jacketed Parade Worker at Gate of Lot for your division location.

Division A–B
Route 91, exit 14, follow ramp past entrance to Mass turnpike to Route 5, Riverdale Street, NORTH. Follow Route 5 North past Providence Hospital bearing left the fork. Continue North on Route 5 just past south lot entrance. Stay to left of center divider in road and report to Yellow Jacketed Parade Worker at beginning of divided highway. You will be lining up in the street going the wrong way.

From the East

Division D-I-G
Route 90 Mass Pike, Exit 4, West Springfield to Route 91 North. Route 91 North, exit 15, right turn bottom of ramp. Proceed to lights and take left on Whitings Farm Road. Follow Whitings Farm Road to Lot entrance on left. Report to Yellow Jacket Parade Worker at Gate of Lot for your division location.

Division C-J-H-E- K
Route 90 Mass Pike, Exit 4, West Springfield. Follow ramp from toll booth on right to Riverdale Street, West Springfield, Route 5 North. Follow Route 5 North past Providence Hospital bearing left at the fork. Continue North on Route 5 to Lot entrance on left. Report to Yellow Jacketed Parade Worker at Gate of Lot for your division location.

Division A–B
Route 90 Mass Pike, Exit 4, West Springfield. Follow ramp from toll booth on right to Riverdale Street, West Springfield, Route 5 North. Follow Route 5 North past Providence Hospital bearing left the fork. Continue North on Route 5 just past south lot entrance. Stay to left of center divider in road and report to Yellow Jacketed Parade Worker at beginning of divided highway. You will be lining up in the street going the wrong way.

From the West

Division D-I-G
Route 90 Mass Pike, Exit 4, West Springfield to Route 91 North. Route 91 North, exit 15, right turn bottom of ramp. Proceed to lights and take left on Whitings Farm Road. Follow Whitings Farm Road to Lot entrance on left. Report to Yellow Jacket Parade Worker at Gate of Lot for your division location.

Division C-J-H-E- K
Route 90 Mass Pike, Exit 4, West Springfield. Follow ramp from toll booth on right to Riverdale Street, West Springfield, Route 5 North. Follow Route 5 North past Providence Hospital bearing left at the fork. Continue North on Route 5 to Lot entrance on left. Report to Yellow Jacketed Parade Worker at Gate of Lot for your division location.

Division A–B
Route 90 Mass Pike, Exit 4, West Springfield. Follow ramp from toll booth on right to Riverdale Street, West Springfield, Route 5 North. Follow Route 5 North past Providence Hospital bearing left the fork. Continue North on Route 5 just past south lot entrance. Stay to left of center divider in road and report to Yellow Jacketed Parade Worker at beginning of divided highway. You will be lining up in the street going the wrong way.

Arrival Times

  • 8:45 AM Division C – D – F
  • 8:45 AM Division A – B
  • 9:30 AM Division E – I – G
  • 10:15 AM Division H – J
  • 12:00 Noon for K only, K – On RT 5 Northbound Side

Arrival Gates

  • A – B On street going N in SB lane
  • C – D – F – H – J South Gate (Kentucky Fried Chicken)
  • E – G – I North Gate (D’Angelo’s)
  • K – On Route 5, Northampton Street, Northbound Side

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TV Broadcast

Thank you to WGBY, Channel 57, our local PBS affiliate. They broadcast the entire Parade LIVE every year.

In Memoriam

“Fred” Glidden

Lifetime member of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade committee, dies at 84

Charles Frederick “Fred” Glidden was a lifetime member of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, serving as its President in 1985 and received the committee’s 2014 O’Connell Award.
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Dan Tierney

Six-decade member of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade committee, dies at 87

Hours before the 2015 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade began, parade committee member Daniel E. Tierney passed away. Tierney is one of the original organizers of the parade, serving on the committee for over six decades. Much of that time Tierney spent planning and building floats for the 64-year-old parade, ensuring there were exciting features to draw hundreds of thousands of parade goers to the city.
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Edward J. Sullivan

Parade Committee Member and Honorary Mummer Passes

Edward J. Sullivan, 72 of Naples, Florida passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 14, 2015 in Bonita Springs, Florida. A long-time Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee member, Edward was also an honorary member of the Aqua String Band on parade weekend.
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Honorable Ann Gibbons

retired judge, of Holyoke, remembered as classy, pioneer

Ann M. Gibbons, 88, a retired judge who died here Friday, was remembered as a trailblazer but also engaging and funny. Gibbons was the Grand Marshal for the annual parade in 2008, and when asked whether she would walk the 3-mile parade route, she noted she had had heart surgery the previous May: “I’m good for another 10,000 miles, but I don’t know if I can walk the three miles.”
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Delfo “Del” Barabani, Sr.

Parade Committee Member

The Saint Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke lost a long-time member on October 7, 2015 with the passing of Delfo (Del) Barabani, Sr. A member since 1959, Del was just days away from his 93rd birthday on November 2nd.
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Kara Shanahan

1994 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Colleen passes away at 44

Kara Shanahan, 44, died Wednesday in Springfield. Her crowning achievement, was being named Grand Colleen of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade in 1994, which set her on a path of dedicated service to the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke that spanned nearly two decades.
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Heather M. McMahon

Beloved Parade Committee member with a passion for life, friends and family

Heather Mary McMahon, RN, 30, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2017 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Heather was born in Holyoke, MA on April 15, 1986, the daughter of James W. McMahon and Kathleen (Baush) McMahon. Heather was an avid swimmer from a young age, competing for the Holyoke YMCA Vikings for 15 years as well as USS swimming. Heather was a 2004 graduate of Holyoke High School, where she was a member of the swimming, track and field hockey teams, as well as the Holyoke High School Band. “
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Michael Gordon

Longtime Parade Committee Member

Michael Gordon, 78, passed away Saturday May 20, 2017 in Springfield, MA. He was the son of late Isadore and Victoria Gordon. He was predeceased by his wife, Sherry (Smith) Gordon. He is survived by his children David Gordon and his wife Andrea, Andrew Gordon and his wife Adrienne, and Jill Wright and her husband Kevin; his eight adored grandchildren Victoria, Daniel, and Bradley Gordon, Dominic and Dakota Gordon, and Julia, Zach, and Evan Wright; and his brother William Gordon. Michael was born on March 4, 1939 in Holyoke, MA. He lived his entire life in the Greater Springfield area. 
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Julio Francis Nozzolillo

Longtime Parade Committee Member

Julio Francis Nozzolillo, 88, of Springfield, MA, beloved husband of Kathleen (Bryson) Nozzolillo, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Holyoke Soldiers Home, where he was surrounded by his loving family. Julio was born in Worcester, MA on March 9, 1929, to Pasquale and Conchetta (DeMatteo) Nozzolillo of Caserta, Italy and Worcester.

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