Michigan City celebrates Saint Patrick with parade

Provided by MC St. Patrick's Day Parade Facebook page.

Provided by MC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook page.

Ryan Solano, Feature

In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, Michigan City will be hosting another grand parade. Sponsored by Ryan’s Irish Pub, the annual event will not only celebrate its 14th year in existence but also the 100th year of Irish Independence.

Ireland’s Independence, also known as The Easter Rising, took place in 1916. The six day battle succeeded in ending British rule in Ireland and establishing an independent Irish Republic. But this differs from Saint Patrick’s Day itself.

Becoming an Irish public holiday in 1903, Saint Patrick’s Day traditionally commemorates the Irish bishop along with the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. While it may not be a federal holiday in the United States, it does not stop Americans from wearing green and celebrating Irish culture through food, drink, and parades.

This year’s parade is set to have 104 participating units marching in the parade. Among these are Michigan City High School’s very own JROTC.

Starting off the parade will be the Real Housewives of Laporte County. Like years before, this group of friends hope to collect as much unperishable food as possible. Last year the housewives compiled 238 pounds of food resulting in 181 meals for people in need. This year they hope to beat records and are asking event goers to bring their donations to the parade.

Grand Marshalling the ceremony will be local humanitarian, Nora Schultz. One day while looking out her window, Nora realized how polluted her community was and was inspired to do something. What started as cleaning up her neighborhood turned into a city wide endeavor. Working with the refuge department, Nora recycled 300 bags of litter in 2015. Already in 2016, Nora has collected over 50 bags of trash. Working in the Laporte hospital for 33 years, Nora has lived in Michigan City all her life.

The parade will take place on Saturday March 12 on 10th Street. Kicking off at 1pm, the parade will continue marching north on Franklin Street and conclude at 4th Street. Admission to the event will be free of charge. Afterwards they recommend that children and adults alike check out a magic show that will be presented at the library.

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