MERIDEN – The 46th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will feature over 20 different groups Saturday after community donations saved the event from being cancelled due to cuts in funding.
“I’m really grateful that the community stepped up to save the parade,” said Jim Finley, parade co-chair of the Meriden Ancient Order of Hibernians. “It’s going to be an even better parade this year.”
The AOH named Thompson Chocolate a co-sponsor of this year’s parade after the local chocolate company donated $2,500. Other donations were made by the Puerto Rican Festival Committee and Jonal Laboratories, among others.
Groups expected to march include the Platt High School band, the city police and fire departments, the Meriden girls softball and lacrosse leagues as well as the color guard from the East Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department. There will also be new pipe bands for parade-goers to enjoy.
“The more the merrier,” Finley said. “We have a great diversity of groups this year.”
The parade steps off at the corner of East Main Street and Parker Avenue and continues through downtown Meriden before ending at the corner of West Main Street and Bradley Avenue.
Finley said parade-goers are invited to gather and socialize at the AOH Clubhouse on Melville Avenue after the event.
The AOH is still accepting groups to join the parade. More information can be found by contacting Finley at 203-804-6895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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