Youngstown St. Pat's Day parade set for Saturday

Contributed PhotoDiane Melloni, at left, Cheryl Irish Butera, center, and Rich Jago of the Youngstown Business & Professional Association, are shown above with the very first shopping cart "float" created for the O'Riordan St. Patrick's Day Parade. The sixth annual parade will be held at noon Saturday in the Village of Youngstown. 

For those who just can't get enough of the wearing of the green today, there's going to be another chance to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day spirit on Saturday in Youngstown.

The Youngstown Business and Professional Association will be holding its sixth annual O'Riordan St. Patrick's Day Parade in honor of the late Mayor Neil Riordan.  

The idea for a parade began in 2011 when someone decided to decorate a Melloni's Market Place shopping cart as a "float."  In keeping with that tradition on Saturday, many participating in the parade will be pushing decorated Melloni's shopping carts.

The parade starts at noon and is led by Fort Niagara's Executive Director Bob Emerson and re-enactors from the fort.  

Also marching in the parade are the Youngstown MacKenzie Highlanders, the Irish Step Dancers from the McCarthy School of Dance, the Youngstown Dance Shop Studio Dancers, many Youngstown and surrounding area businesses, the VFW and the Lions of Youngstown, officers of the Youngstown Business and Professional Association and village officials.  

The Youngstown Lions will hold a "Ca$hba$h" event following the parade in the Red Brick Community Center, 240 Lockport St., in the village.  

This year's parade will march from Hinman Street going north to Falkner Park and turn at the park, concluding with a march down Main Street to the Mug & Musket Restaurant for the judging of floats and green beer. 

For more information, visit online at www.niagarariverregion.com/youngstown or contact the Youngstown Business and Professional Association President Cheryl Irish-Butera at her business, Anchor Spirits and Wines, at 745-7989.

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