You are cordially invited to participate in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade down South Jefferson Street in Hastings on Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. You may bring as many guests as you like to march with you and children and animals are especially welcome.
There are no rules about costumes for the parade, except you should wear something green, the greener the better. Outrageous is fine.
Line-up is a little before 1 p.m. in the alley behind WBCH. You can call Sue at WBCH, 269-945-3414 and tell her you will be in the parade, you know, if you are planning to drive a green Sherman tank; otherwise you can just show up.
Even if you just happen to be downtown Hastings, you’re welcome to walk along and wave to the crowd. The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Ron Kloosterman. The six-block parade route ends where it began, but you can drop out anytime.
If you are all Irish, part Irish or no Irish at all, and are sporting anything green, you’re welcome to join the biggest little parade in Hastings for just a silly time. You’ll see lots of smiles, guaranteed.
We don’t know why St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the day of his death, but we are grateful he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland.