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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Shamrocks and bagpipes

By Autumn Schanil - staff writer

This classic 1959 Mack Class A 750 Pumper truck from Woodbourne got quite a lot of hoots and hollers as it drove through.
ROCK HILL — St. Patrick's Day is a day to commemorate Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland, who according to tradition, after being kidnapped by Irish raiders and later “finding God,” returned to Ireland as a missionary to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity, eventually becoming Bishop.
It is also a day to celebrate the heritage and culture of Ireland with grand feasts, festivals and parades, usually with individuals wearing the color green and donning shamrocks.
This past Saturday, the St. Patrick's Day parade in Rockhill depicted just that.
The parade and it's observers donned green shirts and pants, shamrock hats, necklaces and glasses.
Even the dogs were dressed in green!
The parade featured bagpipers and Irish music, the Walker Valley Marching Band, local fire departments and their numerous fire engines, antique cars, horses, veterans, various scout troops, and more.
Laughter and smiles from ear to ear were seen and experienced by all.
One woman in the crowd, as the pristine antique cars passed through, could be heard saying, “Oh boy, don't you wish one of those antique cars was yours!”

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