BENNINGTON -- There will be a St. Patrick's Day parade this year in Bennington, despite its long-time planner reportedly being in Florida.
T.J. Carmody, owner of the former Carmody's pub and restaurant on Main Street and the former Ploughman's Pub west on Route 9 is the parade's founder and has traditionally been its leader, dressed festively as a leprechaun.
John Shannahan, executive director of the Better Bennington Corporation, said with Carmody out-of-state the owner of Madison's Pub and Brewery contacted him about a month ago to get a parade going.
"It will be planned next year, but this year we're going on a wing and a prayer," said Shannahan.
The parade will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. Those who want in should contact the BBC at 442-5758 and be ready at the former Bennington middle school on Main Street at 12:15 p.m. Shannahan said participants are asked to call first, but can just show up.
So far, WBTN, the Whirling Twirlers, Pownal Girl Scouts, Crossover Cloggers, Evan's News, the Mount Anthony Union High School Dance Team, Cancer Care Community Center, Kevin's Sports Pub, and Carbone are officially scheduled to be in the parade along with the Bennington Fire Department.
The parade route will go down Main Street and turn north at Depot Street, where it will stop at the Bennington Fire Facility.
The Grand Marshall is Mary Geanellis, and parade Colleen is Bridget Ahearn. On the bagpipes is Merrick Hard.
Starting at 9:30 a.m. a "kegs and eggs" fundraiser will be held at J.C.'s Tavern to benefit the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless.
In Hoosick Falls, N.Y., on Saturday at 1 p.m. the 22nd annual Hoosick Falls St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Fest will be held. According to the event's Facebook page, Carmody also had a hand in founding this one, along with Mike Conway. They revived the parade in 1991, as it had been a tradition from the 1800s to the 1950s.
The Hoosick Falls parade will begin in Wood Park, go down Main Street to John Street, Church Street, Willard Street, then back to Main Street.
For more information on the Hoosick event, contact Kevin O'Malley at 518-686-9460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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