On behalf of all of the hardworking people on our St. Patrick’s Day floats—the Un-Precision Drill Team, the Drillettes, the Candy People and the Banner Marchers—thank you so much for the beautiful article in the Thursday, March 24, 2016 Weekly Adirondack.
You lifted our spirits for next year’s parade!!
We can always count on your newspaper to come through with great representation of an event!!
Sandy Nihill, Corresponding Secretary Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club
The Wakelys Speakeasy Girls: Lily Pitterelli (far left), Erin Timmerman, Ryan Poerio, Tara Moore and Vicky Beck
by Marianne Christy
The inch of snow that fell Friday morning, March 18 magically disappeared under sunny skies just in time for the launch of the Old Forge St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Despite the chilly temperatures and the start of the Webb School break, parade organizers said there were more entries and spectators than in the past couple of years…giving announcers Nick Bankert and Gary Staab and Emcee Jeff Craig a lot to talk about.
From Main Street to the top of McCauley Mountain, St. Patrick’s Day was commemorated in many ways in Old Forge over the weekend of March 13, 14 and 15.
Photos by Gina Greco
I am writing this letter to express my concern regarding this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Forge.
Do we, as a community, truly believe that the “Thendara Irish Momfia” was the winner? Or do you believe, as I do, that there was something more sinister behind their win? Continue reading
PHOTOS BY GINA GRECO
The winning entries at the Old Forge St. Patrick’s Day Parade were announced by the judges following the parade. Taking first place honors was the Cheers to St. Patrick’s Day float.
Coming in second was the Ouchi O’Lympics, and in third place was the Old Forge Irish Setters Club.
The People’s Choice went to the Chip ‘N Dale Dancers featuring Chip Kiefer and Dale Heroux.
A special Honorable Mention went to the Synchronized Snowplows for their memorial tributes to the late Bob Lowenberg and Bud Gribneau, longtime parade participants.
Winners of the Irish Stew Contest were as follows: first place – Felicity Davey and Charlie Kiefer for Adirondack Café; second place – Nick Bankert for Last Run Café; and third place – Chip Kiefer for Maloy’s Restaurant.
Friday, March 14th has come and gone and despite the wind and cold temperatures the greater community of Old Forge was out in force to celebrate the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Chippy O’Kiefer and His Highness Timmy O’Foley—official progenitors of this homegrown even—admit the parade has taken on a life of its own.
This well-timed event, given our endless cold winter, has provided opportunity to recharge our spirits and even consume some. Continue reading
The Old Forge St. Patrick’s Day Parade will proceed up Main Street at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14 with a bagpiper leading the way. Closely behind will be Grand Marshals Eileen and Ron Hamlin who will be joined by daughter Erin, history-making Olympic bronze medal winner in the single luge.
Thendara resident Mirnie Kashiwa, who celebrated her 89th birthday on March 12, has been a perennial presence at the Old Forge St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo by Clark Lubbs
The Hamlins will reportedly march with the Polar Bear Ski Team, in recognition of McCauley Mountain where Erin first learned to ski.
Parade line-up begins at 4:45 p.m. at Keyes Pancake House. Following the parade, all are invited to sample Irish stew and other Irish fare at the Old Forge Fire Hall.