The pipes are calling

The 38th annual Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade is Sunday


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  • The Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band is pictured doing its thing at last year's Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade in the Village of Goshen. The this year's parade will line up at the Orange County Government Center parking between 1 and 1:30 p.m., with step-off at 2 p.m.



— The Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade Committee says it's ready for Sunday's big event — a day filled with music, dazzling color, and community camaraderie.

Grand Marshal Stephen O’Shea and his aides will lead the parade as it steps off from the Orange County Government Center parking lot at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.

Marchers will include ROTC units and military color guards, pipes & drums corps and high school marching bands.

The AOH of Orange County has a corps of magnificent bagpipers, led by Drum Major Seamus Davis and Pipe Major Mike Tulley. Returning will be the Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band and The Firefighter McPadden Pipes and Drums, part of the Goshen Emerald Society. The NYC Retired Firefighters Pipe & Drums will lead a fine contingent. And the Hudson Highland Pipe Band will be making its debut this year. And that's not all....

"We are lucky to have the best non-pipe bands in Orange County performing in the parade," said Gail Edmonds of the parade committee. "Troop 236 Boy Scout Band led by their great leader Jim Barnett will be returning. The Chester Academy Marching Band is back with their fine leader, Deborah Vitanza. The excellent Walker Valley Marching Band,The Broome Street Traveling All Star Band, and The Professional Musicians of Orange County are also returning. We welcome the Middletown High School Marching band as well. The North Rockland High School Marching Band will be joining us for the first time. Please give them a warm welcome!"

The talented ROTC Units from Minisink Valley and Washingtonville high schools will also be returning.

Direct from Ireland is the Belle of South Armagh, Miss Ursula Savage, joining the parade for the first time ever.

For more information visit the committee's website: www.mhspp.org.

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