On March 17th, we boarded a bus at the East Side Irish American Club to represent Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that has taken place in Cleveland almost every year since 1842 although Covid-19 caused the parades in 2020 and 2021 to be canceled.
To be sure, this is an event that everybody can enjoy but it is particularly important to those of Irish descent not only because it commemorates the legacy of St. Patrick, regarded as Ireland’s patron Saint, but because it is a grand celebration of Ireland’s history and culture.
At first, we were dismayed when we learned we would not be traveling on Lilly the Trolley (ie no longer in existence in Cleveland) but on a different line.
Happily, however, the customary driver of Lolly, a lovely and exuberant lady named Martha, accompanied us on the trip and entertained us with stories about Lolly, the parade, and Cleveland history.
Most of our fellow passengers would readily agree with us that Martha is such a delightful presence that St. Patrick’s Day just wouldn’t be the same without her.
Upon arrival, we had time to walk around and take photos of the various floats and parade participants before the parade started.
As we pulled out of our parking space to join the procession, Martha predicted a huge turnout for the parade because it was such a nice day and, of course, she proved to be right