McNamara sisters excited to be named St. Patrick’s Day Parade grand marshals
For the McNamara girls — Carrie Borgstrom, Colleen Rosauer and Kate Anich — St. Patrick’s Day in New Richmond has always been one of the biggest, if not the biggest, holiday of the year.
“It is a major holiday for us,” Colleen said. “Every year, St. Patrick’s Day is huge. We do the parade. We have corned beef and cabbage. It is like the holiday for our family.”
This year, the McNamara girls — daughters of Joe and Roxanne McNamara — couldn’t be more excited to represent their family in the New Richmond St. Patrick’s Day Parade as grand marshals.
“It is a huge honor for us, especially since we have been at this parade and involved in this parade for our whole lives,” Colleen said.
“The hard part about this year’s parade will be not getting to see everyone since we will be at the front of the parade and be by ourselves until we get back to the end of the parade line.”
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New Richmond will be held Thursday, March 17, 4 p.m.
The parade lineup will begin at 3:15 p.m. in front of McCabe’s Shamrock.
“I was super excited when I found out,” Carrie said. “We have been involved in the parade our entire lives as long as it has been going on. When we were kids, our dad would be in charge of lining up the parade line.”
Carrie and Colleen live and work in the New Richmond area, while their sister, Kate, lives in Esko, Minn. Carrie is a finance manager at Bernard’s NorthTown in New Richmond, while Colleen works as office manager at Emmert & Sons Farm. Kate is a manager for Compudyne, a technology services firm.
“We are really happy to represent our family,” Kate said.
This year’s route will start at the Shamrock on West 3rd Street, turn north on North Main Street, turn west on West 1st Street, south on Washington Avenue and then east on West 3rd Street.
According to Lt. Craig Yehlik of the New Richmond Police Department, a detour will go into effect at 3:30 p.m. on Knowles Avenue to divert traffic around the parade route.
“We walked in the parade pretty much every year either for Bernard’s NorthTown or the Harley-Davidson dealership or for our family,” Carrie said. “But we haven’t done the parade as part of our family for a while now.”
Of all the things that the McNamara sisters have enjoyed about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade throughout the years, Carrie feels that getting to see family, friends and other community members come out to celebrate the sisters’ favorite holiday is the best part of every parade.
“My favorite part has always been the bagpipes and then also seeing everyone we know all in one place,” Carrie said. “It is so fun to see everyone and have a good time.”