St. Patrick's Parade was fliuch but fun

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  • Girl Scout cookies anyone? Pictured are Avery Rogowski, age 4, Makenna McGoldrick, age 5, Emily Tyminski, age 5, and Julia Conturi, age 5

  • John and Kathleen Serkes

  • Vendors on Main Street

  • Annie Rabbitt, Orange County Clerk and former member of the New York State Assembly, in front of the reviewing stand

  • The Grand Marshal, James O'Donnell of Goshen

  • Carmella Brancato, age 6, and Dominic Brancato, age 4, children of Jon-Paul and Cristina Brancato of Village Pizza

  • John Greehy of Cornwall, President of the Orange County AOH, with Kathleen Lord of Campbell Hall, who sang "Danny Boy" at the opening of the parade, and "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" at its closing

  • The New York State Police

  • Town of Goshen Police

  • The Orange County Sheriffs Department

  • Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade Committee

  • Kyle Roddey, assistant vice principal at Goshen High School, former Goshen mayor, and an Aide to the Grand Marshal

  • Bill Boss, Grand Marshal 2012 and Aide to the Grand Marshal

  • The AOH

  • St. Brendan's Gaelic Athletic Association

  • Irish wolfhounds!

  • North Rockland High School Marching Band

  • Knights of Columbus, Monroe

  • Walker Valley Marching Band

  • St. John School, Goshen

  • Orange County Right to Life

  • Orange County Right to Life

  • The LAOH

  • Port Jervis Traveling All-Stars Marching Band

  • Goshen veterans

  • 124th New York State Volunteers, Civil War reenactment unit

  • 124th New York State Volunteers, Civil War reenactment unit

  • Firefighter McPadden Pipes and Drums

  • The Oathkeepers

  • Middletown JROTC

  • Cataract Engine & Hose, Goshen

  • Rockland County Emerald Police Society

  • Rockland County Emerald Police Society

  • Chester Academy Marching Band

  • Chester Academy Marching Band with Hambletonian mascot

  • Orange County Firefighters Pipes & Drums

  • Girl Scouts and Brownies

  • Cornell 4-H

  • Rose of Tralee followed by the Sheehan-Gormely Irish Dancers

  • Project Children

  • Middletown Girl Scouts

  • Goshen High School Leo Club

  • Cornerstone Theatre Arts, Goshen

  • Gaelic Cultural Society

  • Girl Scout Troop 769, Chester

  • Boy Scout Troop 62, Goshen

  • Boy Scout Troop 62, Goshen

  • Cub Scout Pack 63, Goshen

  • Boy Scout Troop 59, Slate Hill

— The Irish have many words for rain. There's lashing rain and spitting rain, pelting rain and pissing rain, lady's rain and shocking rain, torrential rain and bucketing rain, dry rain that doesn't get you wet and "heavens opened" rain which most certainly does.

What kind of rain did Sunday bring to the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade in Goshen? Perhaps a new term is needed — how about spitting-lashing-icy-snowy-New-York-in-March rain?

Whatever you call it, the weather kept many people home. Only about one-quarter to a third of the floats and marching units that planned to come did. It was over in little more than an hour.

John Greehy of Cornwall, President of the Orange County AOH and master of ceremonies, observed from the reviewing stand that this year's parade was the worst he'd seen.

But for those plucky diehards who sallied forth, it was a great time. The Irish wolfhounds seemed delighted. The children's faces were alight with joy. The sounds of bagpies and the beautiful greens of hats and sweaters cut through the gloom. Singer Kathleen Lord of Campbell Hall opened the parade with "Danny Boy" and closed it with "When Irish Eyes are Smiling."

Take a look at the photos of these brave Irish and Irish-for-a-day souls making their way through the village.

When the going gets tough, the tough get marching!

Photos by Ed Bailey.

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