The 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade hits the streets in Boardman on Sunday.
Floats lined up for miles down Market Street, advocating for different businesses, organizations and programs in the Valley.
“The people in the Valley are aware of us since we’ve been in the parade so many years,” said Greg Anstrom, a member of the Youngstown Shrine Club.
Through the years, the Youngstown Shrine Club has made it their tradition to be a part of the festivities. They are also paving the way for others to join in on the tradition.
Raphael’s Beauty School has been participating in the parade for the last 16 years. Owner Ralph Delserone says the parade highlights programs and businesses that the Valley has to offer, but it is not all about publicity for him and his students.
“We all get together today, work on the float, get to see each other and have a great time,” Delserone said.
Organizations are not the only ones who make this a tradition. The Houck family make sure that their son sees the parade every year.
“We just like to see him experience everything, see the fire trucks,” said Meghan Houck.
Paul Drennen has a four-year old daughter who is in a rush to get there.
“She wants to wear her green shirt and green hat. Then, she gets excited for the candy, of course,” said Drennen.
Former GM Lordstown workers also participated in the parade. They passed out posters to highlight events that happened at the plant over the past 63 years.
The participants said they want to send a message to their neighbors.
“We appreciate all of their support. The support for Drive It Home has been amazing and we’re going to continue the Drive It Home Campaign for as long as we have to. We just appreciate the support and we hope to see a lot of our friends, neighbors and customers of the Cruze along the parade route,” said UAW 1112 Vice President Tim O’Hara.
GM could still allocate another product, but they have not for now.