2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade set — but future uncertain

By Wayne Allen

January 2, 2014

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The 7 Nations Celtic Club is set to host the 8th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 15 starting at 11 a.m. Officials with the club are concerned about the future of the parade, saying this may be the last, if additional volunteer help is not found.

“It’s (St. Patrick’s Day Parade) going to happen this year, I’m just not sure about after this year,” said Lee Daily, parade chairman. “Right now we think we have enough money to pull it off this year and the future will have to be someone else, someone needs to step-up and no one has.”

This year’s parade is anticipated to feature a number of floats and organizations represented throughout.

It has also become customary, that a green line is painted along the center of the parade route.

Daily said the 7 Nations Celtic Club started seven years ago when a group of friends were sitting around Port City Pub and Cafe on Chillicothe Street and decided that Portsmouth needed its own St. Patrick’s Day Parade. To achieve this, they created the club to organize what has become an annual St. Patrick’s Day event.

When asked what kind of volunteers the organization could use Daily said, “we need people to show up and help people sign-in, help lineup participants and get things organized.”

Daily said more information about the parade and volunteer opportunities will be released as the event draws closer.

For more information visit the 7 Nations Celtic Club on Facebook.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.