One of Schuylkill County’s biggest community events stepped off for the first time since 2019 on Saturday afternoon.
It was the return of the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Girardville.
A couple thousand people lined the streets of the borough to watch a stream of pipe-and-drum bands, local organizations and politicians, St. Patrick’s Day-themed floats, and lights and sirens apparatus (most people just call them firetrucks even though there’s more than firetrucks) march around town for the first time in a few years.
The truly awful weather Saturday afternoon didn’t deter many from coming out, it seems.
Rain, mist, misty rain, snow, misty snow, wind, cold, maybe some graupel … ’twas gross but it felt good to be back among the crowds.
Having the parade is a lot better than not having the parade. That’s for sure.
Here are some more scenes from the 2022 Girardville St. Patrick’s Day parade …
The theme of the 2022 parade saluted military veterans of the past and present. Grand Marshals of the parade were Lt. Col. Monsg. Edward Coyle and veteran Ray Wayne.