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2018-03-27 / Front Page

Delhi’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade A Real Crowd-Pleaser

By Rosie Cunningham


Bob Komosinski, a member of the Kortright/Bloomville Fire Departments was all smiles and quite festive during the Delhi parade. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Bob Komosinski, a member of the Kortright/Bloomville Fire Departments was all smiles and quite festive during the Delhi parade. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Delhi never disappoints.

The streets were lined with community members and guests who watched and listened to the 45 entries which included local businesses and organizations, three bagpipe bands, more than one dozen county fire departments and took in the creative floats.

Parade committee member and organizer Glenn Nealis deemed this year’s parade “the biggest.”

He attributed Saturday’s success to nearly a decade spent establishing the event as an annual highlight in the Delhi community.

Nealis “created” the event along with community member Bob Cairns and Shire Pub owner Ed O’Neill to draw individuals to the village while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and marking (hopefully) the end of the winter season.


Wylla Rabeler, community member and educator, was the celebrated Grand Marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day event Saturday. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Wylla Rabeler, community member and educator, was the celebrated Grand Marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day event Saturday. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter “Overall, the parade was our largest yet, both in terms of participants in the parade and spectators,” said Nealis Monday. “Feedback from the community and parade participants was great. Everyone really enjoyed it.

“A special moment for me,” he said, “was when the last unit of the parade left the parking lot at SUNY Delhi around 12:30 and from that vantage point I could look down the length of Main Street and see the parade stretching from one end of Main Street to the other, realizing that the parade still had about another 25 minutes to go before the end.”

Nealis said the parade committee would like to thank the Greater Delhi Area Chamber of Commerce, the village of Delhi Police Department and SUNY Delhi for their support and assistance.


Bill Burdick waves to the crowd during the St. Patrick’s Day parade. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Bill Burdick waves to the crowd during the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter “A special thank you to Jill and Jason Coleman for helping to get the parade formed up and starting on time,” he added. “We would also like to thank all the participants and spectators who all make this a great day for the community.”

Parade results and awards:

Best Float - Overall: Delaware County ARC - $250 cash prize.

Best Business Float - Overall: Sportsfield Specialties - they receive a free, full page ad in the County Shopper.

Trophies:

First Place Pipe Band: Edward

P. Maloney Memorial Pipe Band

Second Place Pipe Band: Schenectady Pipe Band

First Place Fire Department: Kortright/Bloomville

Second Place Fire Department: Delhi


Delaware Academy Safety Patrol joined the action during the Saint Patrick’s Day parade. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Delaware Academy Safety Patrol joined the action during the Saint Patrick’s Day parade. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter First Place Community Org.: Girl Scouts

Second Place Community Org.: SUNY Delhi

First Place Business: O’Connor Hospital

Second Place Business: Shire Pub.



SUNY Delhi College students represented their school during the parade. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter SUNY Delhi College students represented their school during the parade. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter

Ty Komosinski and Leah Young were happy to be a part of festivities on Saturday in Delhi. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Ty Komosinski and Leah Young were happy to be a part of festivities on Saturday in Delhi. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter

Delhi Cub Scout Pack 33 enjoyed participating in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration in the village of Delhi. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Delhi Cub Scout Pack 33 enjoyed participating in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration in the village of Delhi. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter

Former Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills waves to the crowd from atop a vintage Delhi Fire Department truck. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Former Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills waves to the crowd from atop a vintage Delhi Fire Department truck. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter

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