Irish pride on wheels

Students build a float for St.Patrick’s Day parade

by Tanya Boyce

Second year Illustration and Design students are voluntarily designing a float for the St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 14, to fundraise for a vernissage.
Montreal has run the parade consecutively since 1824 in celebration of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
Dawson has been participating for the past 15 years and has won first place twice in the school category.
The students have been working on the 19-panel float for the past three weeks and the float is expected to be assembled and ready two days prior to the event.
Although St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17, the two-hour parade is running earlier, starting at Fort at 12 p.m. and ending at St.Urbain.
“I’ll be wearing green and watching the floats go by with a beer in my hand. Of course, it’ll be covered by a paper bag like everybody else,” fourth semester Dawson student Sonia Bourgeois said. “I’m really excited.”
“It’s a good way to get in touch with your heritage and I plan to celebrate at Mckibbins Irish pub at night,” second semester Dawson student Sam Donovan said.
However, not all students are as enthusiastic about the event.
“I’ve never been,” said fourth semester student A.J Coia. “I would consider going to see it if I knew a group of people [who were] going.”
The Dawson College float will have a DJ playing music as the float travels down the main street and those aboard will be giving away t-shirts and goodies.
“It’s a really fun day,” said MaryDiliello, Students Affairs. “I’m not particularly a parade type person but participating in this is an euphoric experience.”
Marching bands, firemen, organizations, cultural groups and schools will be smiling and waving to the crowds of spectators covered in green attire.
Although St. Patrick’s day is known for pub crawling, drinking green beer, and embarrassingly joining a group of people doing a jig to the fiddle, it’s also a celebration to welcome the new season.
“If the weather is nice, the parade gives a sense of the coming of spring,” Diliello said.
For more information on the parade, please visit Student Affairs in 2E.6.

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