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Donahue family to lead St. Patrick’s Day parade Friday

The annual New Richmond St. Patrick’s Day will start at 4 p.m. Friday, March 17, with the Donahue family leading the way as the 2017 grand marshals of the parade. The parade will start at the Shamrock Club/McCabe’s, with lineup starting at 3 p.m.

“The fact we will all get together for St. Patrick’s Day for the first time in many years,” said son Brian Donahue. “We all have years to get there, but this year we will all be able to make it and march together. That will be awesome to bring the whole family together, especially with us being grand marshals.”

Patrick and Helen Donahue have been married for over 60 years and lived on their family farm in the Erin Prairie Township up until just a few years ago when they moved into town. According to Helen, the parade has always been a fun, family activity for the Donahues, including the after party at the Shamrock, which has featured music from the likes of Conrad Jones.

“It is pretty special to be a grand marshal, I think,” said son Dennis. “There have been a lot of years that we would go to St. Paul to take part in the festivities there, but we’d always get back here in time to be part of the New Richmond parade. The parade here has always been so well organized and well attended.”

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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