HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville’s longstanding St. Patrick’s Day tradition is this weekend!
The 37th Annual Ellen McAnelly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m. The parade begins at Spragins and Monroe and will make a one-mile loop around downtown — down Jefferson, around Constitution Village and Gates Avenue, then back up Washington Street and onto Monroe to the finish point.
There’s a small chance of rain in the forecast, so bring an umbrella just in case. Rain won’t stop the fun, though. It rains pretty often in Ireland — that’s why it’s so green!
The parade features Irish music, culture, and history in a positive, fun family atmosphere. WHNT News 19 is excited to be a parade sponsor for 2014 and yes, we’re excited to be in the parade. Look for StormHunter 19!
Nearly 120 groups will be represented in the parade in all.
The 2014 Grand Marshal is Stephen Stokes, the Mayor of Greystones, Ireland, located south of Dublin.
Stokes welcomed a delegation from Huntsville for a walk around his city in October 2013. He will arrive in Huntsville this week, attending several events and meeting Mayor Tommy Battle of Huntsville and Mayor Troy Trulock of Madison.
If you’re going to participate in the parade, staging is at 10:30 a.m. along Spragins Avenue, as detailed on the official parade website, Huntsvillestpatricksday.com. If you’re just going as a spectator, the parade starts at 11:30 a.m.
Music starts earlier with the Maple Hill Celtic Band entertaining from the courthouse steps starting about 10:15 a.m. Music in the parade itself will include the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band, the Huntsville Stickmasters Drumline, the Rocketeers Drum and Bugle Corp, the J.O. Johnson High School Jaguars Marching Band, the Sullivan’s Irish band, and Bourbon and Shamrocks playing from the deck of the good ship ‘Irish Rover.’
Make sure you wear plenty of green – the more, the better! It’s definitely a fun atmosphere and you don’t want to get pinched – there will be plenty of leprechauns on the loose.
The parade queen has been announced. Diamond Hargrove, a junior at Huntsville High School, has been selected for the honor. Hargrove is the daughter of Alvin and Talya Hargrove and has many accomplishments under her belt so far. Read more about Diamond here.
The Queen’s Court will represent the four provinces of Ireland. Sarah Kennedy and Rebekah Pittenger will represent Leinster Province, Rhiannon Bacon and Aspen Hoover will represent Munster Province, Piper Gay and Chloe Wallace will represent Connaught Province and Stephanie Manning and Anastazia Carey will represent Ulster Province.
Here are some photos of the 2013 parade. We’re looking forward to another great event!