St. Patrick's Day parade brings green spirit to downtown


Photo Gallery | Bennington St. Patrick's Day parade

BENNINGTON — For the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday afternoon, residents faced a cold first day of spring as various local organizations and businesses marched through the center of downtown flashing Gaelic attire.

Over 25 groups participated in the .7 mile walk that began on Depot Street, to Main Street, turned left at North Street and back around to River Street to the parade headquarters at J.C.'s Tavern. Folks gathered there around 10 a.m. for the Top O' The Mornin' Kick-off Irish breakfast, live music, and a raffle, all to support the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. Madison Brewing Co. Pub & Restaurant offered live entertainment and the Gift Garden hosted a spring open house as well.

Retired Colonel Joseph Krawczyk Jr. led the parade down Main Street followed by the 2016 Parade Colleen and her court. They included Mount Anthony Union High School students Carly Plaisance, Jonna Loomis, Cassidy Loomis, Makenzie Quackenbush, and Madelyn Minchew.

From The Whirling Twirlers, 11-year-old Regan Hurley is no stranger to the parade and has even marched in seven other events. She's been twirling for four years now.

"I like seeing everyone," Hurley said as her mother contested that the candy was her favorite part of the parade.

The Southshire Roller Derby women put on a show for sidewalk goers by jumping over another skater who laid on the road. Turning corners, a skater held onto a foldable ladder attached to a truck to whip around.

Candidates for governor Sue Minter and Matt Dunne greeted many and passed out stickers and candy.

The Cultural Bennington Arts Council visually entertained crowds with its large, two-to-three feet tall human feet structures on either side of an immense puppet of a head, body and hands that was attached to Bennington College student Sarah Goone's back. The group also had a walking book, dancers, live painters and a small band to promote literature, art, music, and theater with drama masks.

Pamela Corkey who is the president of the new cultural arts group said Goone made the puppets herself and that the inspiration for the props was to represent all aspects of art.

Also spotted in the parade was the West Mountain Animal Hospital, Bennington Area VNA and Hospice, Bennington International Motorcycle Club, Pownal Girl Scouts Troop 30648, Bennington Community Theater, Green Leaf 4H Club, MAU Middle and High School Marching Band, Bennington Rugby, Wild Country Cloggers, Training for More, Green Mountain Skydiving, Lumberjack's Coffee,Cancer Center Community Crusaders, Kevin's Sports Bar & Restaurant, Past Marshals and Colleens and the Bennington Fire and Rescue who finished the line off.

—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.


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