Girardville St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Written on February 9, 2016
Welcome to Girardville St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Girardville Parade Committee is made of the members of groups and elected officials of the Borough of Girardville. The members of John “Jack” Kehoe AOH Division #1 and the Ladies AOH (The Daughters of Erin) of Girardville. The Mayor and Borough Council are a major partner in planning and conducting the large parade in a small borough of less than 2,000 residents. The Girardville Fire and Ambulance Chiefs, with their fellow first responders also play a big role in keeping the parade rolling along safe every year.
Joseph Wayne, Parade Chairman
Stephen Barrett, Parade Manager
2016 PARADE COMMITTEE:
Joann Kitsock – Parade Registration/Judging
Donald Dudash, Sr – Parade Shirt/Merchandise
Thomas Dempsey – Financial Secretary
Loretta Murphy – Author and Historian/Sponsor Book
Patrick Birster – Collections/Sponsor Book
Thomas Symons – Parade TV Announcer
Phil Groody – Parade Crowd Announcer
Frank Smith – Committee Communications
Robert Fallan – Marching Unit Leader
Edward Burns – Mayor of Girardville
Charles Maquardt -Borough Council President
Girardville Police Chief – Mel Tomeo
Girardville Ambulance Chief – Louanne Olson
Girardville Ambulance Assitant Chief – Dan Heiser
Robert McClintock – Parade Communications (SARA)
Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.
According to different versions of his life story it is said that he was born in Britain, around 385AD. His parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.
Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”
Many folk ask the question ‘Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?’ The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.
In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening.