HOLYOKE ST. PATRICK'S PARADE

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020

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FAQ

The parade is traditionally held every year on the Sunday following St. Patrick’s Day. This year it will be on March 17, 2019. 

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 on on WWLP.com during the week prior to the Parade. It is also 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!

You can watch the parade on TV through The CW Springfield or online at WWLP.com. The CW Springfield Channels are: Comcast: 16 & 820, Charter: 13 & 788, DirectTV: 23, Over the Air: 22.2.

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

On Sunday, March 17th at noon, the sights and sounds of the 68TH Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade will be broadcast live on The CW Springfield. The parade will also be streamed live on WWLP.com.

22News Anchors Rich Tettemer and Tamara Sacharczyk will serve as parade hosts. 22News Anchor Barry Kriger will provide interviews from the parade route with participants and bystanders throughout the coverage.

Rich Tettemer

Rich Tettemer currently anchors the weekday morning and noon editions of 22News. Rich joined WWLP-22News in April of 1988 as sports director. Previously, he worked as the weekend sports anchor/reporter for KODE-TV in Joplin, Missouri, and as a sports editor for WFLA-TV in Florida.

Rich is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Broadcasting.

During his career at 22News, he was voted by the readers of the Springfield Advocate and the Valley Advocate as Best Sportscaster. Rich has also garnered 13 Associated Press Awards. Additionally, he has served as co-host of the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.

Rich resides in western Massachusetts with Valerie, his wife, and his three children.

Tamara Sacharczyk

Tamara Sacharczyk is a weekday morning anchor and I-Team reporter for 22News.

Tamara was born and raised in East Longmeadow, and couldn’t be happier to work for the station she grew up watching!

She joined the news team in July 2014 as a multi-media journalist, and has covered several high profile events including the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston and the Presidential Inauguration.

Tamara’s work has also been recognized by broadcast professionals. She was awarded the Mass Broadcaster Association’s “Feature Story” award for her investigation into human trafficking. She also won a “Sport’s Feature Award,” for her piece on the Super Bowl.

Tamara was named the “Young Careerist of the Year,” by Western Massachusetts Women Magazine in 2015.

Prior to joining 22News, Tamara was an investigative intern at WHDH 7News in Boston. She also interned at NBC’s Washington, D.C. Bureau, where she assisted reporters, producers, and directors for NBC Nightly News.

Tamara graduated magna cum laude with a degree in multimedia journalism and political communications from Emerson College in Boston.

Tamara has been actively involved in raising awareness and funds for many organizations including the American Epilepsy Outreach Foundation, the Matty Fund, Rachel’s Table, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Free Your Mind Foundation, the Benjarvus Green-Ellis Foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation.

Barry Kriger

Barry Kriger anchors 22News weeknights at 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. Barry first came to work for 22News in June of 1982. Barry’s nearly 37-year career at 22News was interrupted by a three year stint of anchoring and reporting at WPRI-TV in East Providence, Rhode Island.

Since returning to 22News in 1998, Barry has garnered four Associated Press Awards for excellence in reporting breaking news, and he has been part of the team recognized with three Emmy Awards for coverage of the June 1, 2011 tornado and its 1-year anniversary, and for 22News’ Live Coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Over the years, Barry has been involved in numerous community and charitable efforts throughout the Pioneer Valley. He has dedicated his time to support the fight against cancer, fundraising for Alzheimer’s research, MS, the American Lung Association, The USO, and Rachel’s Table. He frequently serves as a “toastmaster,” emceeing functions for many local civic organizations.

Barry loves western Massachusetts. He’s here because he loves living here. And after 37 years, Barry enjoys meeting the “100,000 friends he hasn’t met yet, one at a time.”

Hayley Dunn

Hayley Dunn is a long-time member of the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke where she serves as the Committee’s spokeswoman, emcee for the Grand Coronation Ball, and on a number of other sub-committees.  In 2018, she was honored as the Rohan Award recipient – an award given by the Committee to a member who has made significant contributions to the overall success of the Parade. Hayley is Manager of Strategic Communications and Charitable Giving at Eversource Energy and in 2018, she was recognized as one of BusinessWest’s “40 Under 40”. Hayley lives in Holyoke with her husband, Frank, and their four children.

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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