Thursday February 4, 2021 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ireland Parish, as Holyoke was once known beginning as early as the 1700’s, has grown and changed significantly with each generation. But over the last 68 years one thing has remained the same, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day every March. From humble beginnings in 1952 the Parade has grown in size, celebration, and reputation even as the Irish no longer remained the dominant immigrant population in the city. Bringing together the diverse city, St. Patrick’s Day in Holyoke is a celebration of family, community, and heritage.
Come hear about the history of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade from local historian and Parade Committee member Abigail Scanlon.
Abigail Scanlon is a South Hadley native who has loved learning about local history since she was a child “working” as a docent with her grandmother, Jo Wojnarowski, at the Old Firehouse Museum. She received her bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College and her master’s degree from Harvard University where her capstone project was the organization of the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke’s archives and review of the history of the Parade in Holyoke. She currently works at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Books in Amherst, MA. When she isn’t helping to plan the next St. Patrick’s Day Parade she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Jackson, and cat, Trot Nixon.
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This program is funded by a Community Development Block Grant. The demographic information collected in this registration form will be used only to help us report back regarding our community impact and for no other purpose. Additional support has been provided through NEH CARES Act funding granted by Mass Humanities.