KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: 45th Annual Mahoning Valley Saint Patrick's Day Parade
This weekend, the Mahoning Valley is getting in the Saint Patrick's Day spirit with the 45th Annual Mahoning Valley Saint Patrick's Day Parade. Here's everything you need to know before you go.
The parade will take place Sunday, March 12 starting on McClurg Road in Boardman at 1:00 p.m. From there, the parade will turn right onto Market Street, then turn right onto Southwoods Avenue and finally take the first right onto Southwoods Place.
Guests should be parked along Market Street around 12:30 p.m., as Boardman Police will have the roadway shut down to through traffic to allow for parking.
According to a PDF on the parade's website, there will be a total of 101 units in the parade this year. Parade President, Casey Malone tells 21 News that there are usually between 100 and 120 units in the parade each year.
Notable units this year include various local law enforcement and first responder agencies, the Canfield and South Range football teams, coaches and cheerleaders and 21 WFMJ.
For a full list of parade participants, click here.
After the parade, folks can gather in the tent at Magic Tree Pub & Eatery on South Avenue for the parade afterparty starting at 2:00 p.m. featuring live music from No Funk No Justice starting at 3:00 p.m.
This year's grand marshal is Dr. John Cox. Cox is the owner of Wee Ones Pediatrics in Canfield and has a rich history in pediatrics in Ohio and the Mahoning Valley, as well as theatre starring in productions such as A Streetcar Named Desire, The Odd Couple and The Normal Heart.
He's embraced his Irish heritage by frequenting AOH pubs with his father and uncles and spending summers at the Gaelic Club and attending every Saint Patrick's Day parade.
This year's Mayor of Kilkenny is Mary Jane Vennitti. Venitti is part Irish and has been active in local Irish activities since 1984 including taking Irish dancing lessons at Saint Dominic Church and listening to Irish music at Saint Rose Church and on WKTL-FM Saturday afternoons.
She's volunteered in numerous Irish organizations and has served on the parade committee for many years.
This year's Ockerman Award will go to Brian Kelly. Kelly has been involved with the parade since a very young age and could be found riding the floats created by the Mahoning Valley Gaelic Society, The Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.
As Kelly grew older, he began joining his father in making sure Division 1 of the parade stepped off on time and in an orderly fashion He's been a parade marshal since 1997.
21 WFMJ is a sponsor for this event.