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St. Patricks Day Parade Back for First Time Since Pandemic

Gabriel Johnson | @GabeJohnson57 

Massachusetts Street became a sea of green last Thursday as Lawrence hosted its 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. After a two year halt due to Covid-19, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee announced that the parade was coming back in 2022.

Thousands of people lined the streets to celebrate the holiday. Many Lawrence residents feel the parade is a must have on St. Patrick’s Day. 

“It’s great seeing everyone back out here again, we haven’t had this in years,” junior Noah Ginsberg said. “Especially last year with Covid, so It feels one step closer to normal.”

The parade included a float from the Watkins Museum, a 1900s electric car and many more. The event was engaging and inclusive for all, as the SPDPC aims to create a fun environment for everyone. 

“It feels great, I remember St. Patrick’s Day a few years ago,” Lawrence resident Jay Fontantanini said. “St. patricks day was the day they closed restaurants, so I ended up in a hotel room eating wings, not quite the same effect, so it’s nice to be back out and seeing people have a good time.”

While the parade returned to Lawrence, resident Rachel Reed noticed a missing St. Patty’s tradition. 

“It’s been great having it back and seeing it again this year,” Reed said. “The only thing I missed is the bagpipes, but there’s always next year.”

Along with providing the parade for the community, the SPDPC has donated over $1 million to youth charities in the Lawrence area. Beneficiaries include the Lawrence Public Library, The Watkins Museum of History and The Jefferson’s Foundation. 

To see the full list of charities, head to the SPDPC website.