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Parade gets Akron in St. Patrick’s Day spirit

3/16/2017 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Dale Dong
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place March 11 and gave spectators the chance to get a head start on the holiday, which is today, March 17. Among those who lined South Main Street for the noon parade were New Franklin sisters Sydney, 6, and Olivia Murphy, 5, shown at right, from left. The two were waiting to see their father, Marvin Murphy, who marched with an honor guard in the parade.

The parade included local marching bands and community organizations like the Ancient Order of Hibernians Ladies’ Division, which is shown at top.

Getting their share of double takes were a couple of alpacas from Gaelic Glen Alpacas of Perrysville, which are pictured below. The parade also included Irish wolfhounds.

Matthew Wilson, president at The University of Akron, was the honorary master of ceremonies this year.

Those who wish to celebrate with a parade on St. Patrick’s Day can head north for Cleveland’s annual parade, which begins at 1:04 p.m. today on Superior Avenue at East 18th Street and will end at the intersection of Rockwell Avenue and Ontario Street. According to www.stpatricksdaycleveland.com, this is the parade’s 175th year.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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