by Daniel Freeman
It's not just about wearing green.
On St. Patrick's Day seemingly everyone is Irish but for Bernie and Cathy Malone, it has a deeper meaning.
"St. Patrick's Day is a holiday," said parade commitee member Cathy Malone. "We celebrate them all but this is a special one."
The couple is gearing up for the 24th annual Chesapeake City St. Patrick's Day Parade. They have been active in the parade since its inception. It started small. During an early parade Bernie walked down the street as St. Patrick himself, or coordinating bands and performers for it.
The parade has grown by leaps and bounds over the last five years. This year the parade's early moments will honor the veterans of Chesapeake City. "(The) beginning is all about the the veterans," she said. "(We are) excited to honor them this year."
Following the veterans there will be a color guard walking in the parade. There will be musical performances from the Mummer's Duffy String Jam Band and from four of the Cecil County High School bands. There also will be antique cars, and floats. Cecil Dance Center will be performing and Clydesdale from WinBak farm will also be in the parade.
Preparations for the parade began after the first of the year. "It's hard to find bands to perform due to other parades that are going on the same weekend," said Malone.
Chesapeake City's St. Patrick's Day parade was started by Cathleen Tweed in 1993 and it took off in 2004.
Line up for the parade will be under the bridge on the south side of Chesapeake City in the elementary school parking lot. Registration will begin Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.
The parade steps off at noon and begins at fourth street, continues on Bohemia Avenue, then around Pell Gardens Park loop, right onto first street and continues on George street and will end on third street. The parade route is about a mile.
Following the parade, a $100 cash prize will be awarded to the best float. Parade winners will be presented in Pell Gardens. There will also be live music.
A Pub Crawl will also begin after the parade at the four local pubs. During the pub crawl, the Mummer's Duffy Spring Jam Band will be performing at each of the Irish Pubs starting at Chesapeake Inn at 1:45 and ending at Schaefers at 5:00 p.m. Each performance will be about 30 minutes long.