Bill Quesnel, Chair of the Float Committee and Marc Joyce, 2020 Parade President, named Blessed Sacrament 8th Grader, Anna Puttick, as this year’s winner of the Grand Colleen Float Design Contest. Anna was presented with a framed copy of her design, a $100 scholarship, and an invitation to ride along in the truck that pulls the Grand Colleen’s float in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade.
Anna is the daughter of Andrew and Kara (Kraus) Puttick and is sister to Libby, Caroline and Addison Puttick of Holyoke. Anna’s design, “Rocky Road to Dublin” was one of 200 applications that were submitted and was chosen for its charming image – the Grand Colleen and her Court sitting on a carriage being pulled by a horse through the streets of Dublin. Holyokers will recognize a key feature of Anna’s design – “Dobbin”, the beloved horse who used to live outside the former Yankee Pedlar and who now calls the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round his home, will be coming out of retirement to join the Colleens on the float.
When announced as the 2020 winner, Anna said “I’m very excited to see how my design will be brought to life in the Parade.” Parade President, Marc Joyce said “It was my pleasure to be at Blessed Sacrament School this morning to award Anna a special prize from the Committee as well as the opportunity to ride in the tow vehicle for the Grand Colleen’s float. She was very excited, as are her classmates who are all being treated to a pizza lunch.”
Anna was joined at the announcement by her family; Blessed Sacrament School Principal, Anne O’Connor; Anna’s Art Teacher, Beverly Sabourin; and Parade Committee officials.
Students at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke will soon begin building this year’s Grand Colleen float based on Anna’s design.