By Wayne Allen
PORTSMOUTH — Members of the 7 Nations Celtic Club have been busy working on the 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for downtown Portsmouth on Saturday, March 12 starting at 11 a.m., rain or shine.
“This is our 10th parade. This year’s parade will be on March 12 starting at 11 a.m.,” said Gail Valentine, 7 Nations Celtic Club Spokeswoman. “The parade route kicks off on Market (Street) Square, turns left on Second Street, turns left on Washington Street, right on Fifth Street all the way to Tracy Park.”
Valentine said the parade has turned into quite the tradition for the club and the community.
She said the parade will typically have a number of community organizations participating. Among the groups in this year’s parade will be a bagpipe group from Columbus.
The 7 National Celtic Club has chosen Guy Steele as the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade.
Steele is a Portsmouth resident has five Purple Hearts.
Steele said he’s honored to have been chosen as grand marshal and looks forward to the experience.
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, Ports City Pub on Chillicothe Street has scheduled a number of activities and bands to perform.
Cory Maillet, General Manager of Ports City Pub said, “We do a whole week of celebration.”
Scheduled activities at the pub include a performance by Whiskey Maggie at 8 p.m. on March 11.
On Mach 12, the day of active starts with the parade at 11 a.m. There will be live entertainment at the pub for the remainder of the day. Performances include, Cyrll Scott Pipe Band, Cirque D’ Art Dancers, Amhrain, Poverty String Band, Rose Mountain Ramblers and Ian Jones and The Tipperary 3.
On March 17, Ports City Pub will have the Cirque D’ Art Dancers at 5 p.m. The Rose Mountain Ramblers will perform at 6p.m. Ian Jones and The Tipperary 3 will perform later that evening.
In years past, in anticipation of the parade, a green line has been painted down the center of each street, along the parade route. Member of the 7 Nations Celtic Club said they were not aware how the green line gets painted and said it will likely be the same this year.
Valentine said applications for groups or organizations interested in participating in the parade can be found at Port City Pub and Pack Rats Antiques.
For more information about the 7 Nations Celtic Club, they meet the fourth Thursday of each month at Ports City Pub starting at 6 p.m.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT