A Grand 2014 St. Patrick’s Parade for Greater Hartford, Connecticut
Posted on March 16, 2014
Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb
It was another grand St. Patrick’s Parade that drew an estimated 60,000 spectators to downtown Hartford, Connecticut Saturday, March 15 to watch five thousand marchers.
This year’s Grand Marshal was Beverly Concannon, a longtime volunteer for the Irish American Home Society.
Early morning clouds gave way to sunshine by the 11:00 a.m. onset of the parade.
Irish folk music filled the air, as well as, the sounds of “Danny Boy” performed by various high school marching bands.
As is tradition the Hartford Police Department led off the parade followed by the Hartford Fire Department Emerald Society.
Of course, there were bagpipers in kilts and a sea of green revelers who lined the parade route either in celebration of their Irish heritage or being “Irish for the day.”
Among the dignitaries who took part were Gov. Dannel Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy , Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, -wearing her signature high, high heels – this pair of course in green – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressmen John Larson and Joe Courtney, and state Treasurer Denise Nappier.
Indicative of the significant role the Irish played in the American labor movement, a number of union locals participated such as the teamsters, the theatrical employees and the ever popular linesmen float.
Both the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard and Horse Guard participated.
There were some beautiful Irish Setters – a real crowd pleaser, a Gaelic Football Hurling demonstration and even green cotton candy!
The St. Patrick’s Parade is said to be Hartford’s biggest annual parade.