It was a chilly day in Beacon last Saturday, March 22, 2017 for the 2nd Annual Parade of Green, but that did not stop the floats from descending down Main Street. Over thirty organizations participated (several of which can be seen here). Although the turnout to cheer them on was a little lighter than last year, there were still many members of the community who did bundle up and come out to watch.
The marching was kicked off by the Parade of Green committee greeting us all with a smile and a wave. Without them, none of this wonderful new tradition would be possible. They were followed by various groups from our community ranging from The Boy Scouts of America, Beacon’s Pop Warner teams, Yanarella School of Dance, the Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps, various fire departments from the area and even an impressive float from the McElduff Family.
Businesses along Main Street did participate as well coming out onto the sidewalks to hand out some St. Patty’s Day goodies. Bank Square kicked off the day with a great Keg & Eggs making over 5 dozen eggs! Antalek & Moore had a popcorn machine running throughout the morning to hand out to spectators and the marchers.
The parade did take on a new route this year which ended at the East of Main near the Dummy Light. But the day did not stop there. Multiple bars and restaurants opened their doors with a St. Patrick ’s Day theme to welcome everyone- from Joe’s Irish Pub to The Elks Club to Max’s. Even The Vault was dressed up for the occasion renamed “McVaulty’s Irish Pub”. Stinson’s Hub also featured Irish step dancers and a pipe and drum band.
While we were missing the warm sunshine that graced us all last year, it was still a memorable year which brought Beacon together and made us all look forward to celebrating the 3rd Annual next year.
About This Citizen Blogger: Kate Rabe was born and raised in Beacon, NY. Her mother works for Antalek and Moore, and Kate holds a newly elected position as a Director on the Beacon Chamber of Commerce. Kate is a certified business coach helping corporations and small businesses navigate and implement their HR needs.