Contributing Writer: Tessa Mahoney | Images: CCN-
On Saturday, March 11, 2017, the City of Manassas hosted the 18th Annual Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day parade. It was a very chilly event, the temperature was only in the thirties. The parade route was lined with people and the occasional four legged friend. There were many shades of green, goofy glasses and smiling faces. The children waved and danced along to the music. This parade wasn’t as crowded as the Christmas Parade and lasted about an hour. It really felt like a small town event where many people came together for one thing, regardless of Irish heritage.
The parade was sponsored by Malones of Manassas, Freedom Aquatic Center, The Flying Circus and many other local businesses. The parade featured Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe and Drum, the Marine Corps Color Guard, Notre Dame Alumni Band, Spotlight Dance of Manassas, many Irish dance groups, and multiple other groups from around Northern Virginia and beyond. Manassas City’s own Osbourn High School Drum Line and the George C. Round Elementary School Students Council Association were in attendance. The upcoming Labor Day Virginia Scottish Games and Festival were advertised and will be held at Great Meadows in The Plains, Virginia.