LIMA — For one day, everyone’s Irish.
Saturday will mark the return of Lima’s annual Irish Parade, a chance to wear green and have some fun while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
For organizer Kim Finn, the parade is a chance for her to get back to her Irish roots.
“St. Patrick’s Day was like Christmas in our house,” she said. “My mom and dad used to dress up and go down the old parade route. I’m very proud to be Irish.”
This year’s parade promises to be a very enjoyable time for everyone, with more than 90 entries so far and more being added.
“Even the day of the parade, people can give us a call if they want to enter,” Finn said. “It’s family-oriented, so we ask people to keep it clean and fun. It’s free advertising because we don’t charge anyone to be in the parade.”
Onlookers will be treated to a wide variety of parade entries this year.
“We’ve got some of the families that have always been involved who will be there,” Finn said. “We’ve got some cars coming out and we have a Christian motorcycle group. We’ll also have the bagpipers again this year. I think they’re a fan favorite.”
However, Finn noted that there is one entry organizers have not had yet that they would eventually love to see.
“We would really like marching bands there, but with the time of year and the weather, we never get to have them,” she said.
The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of North Main Street and Robb Avenue and will run through Town Square. Finn encourages everyone to come out and celebrate this harbinger of spring.
“Every year at the parade, everyone’s so sick of the winter, and they see this as spring coming,” she said. “It may not be here right now, but it’s coming.”