PAWTUCKET – Faces of Ireland, the popular precursor to the Pawtucket St. Patrick’s Parade, returns to the Celtic Pub, 755 Broadway, this Sunday, February 20, from 2-6 p.m.
Come for food, music, raffles, pipers, prizes and, of course, the competition where the crowd chooses the best Irish face for men and women based on the volume of their applause. The Rhode Island Professional Firefighters Pipe and Drum will be back with their music.
Organizer Tom Rogers said it would be great to get everyone together for both the Faces of Ireland parade and the parade on March 5, as it was difficult to separate when it was canceled last year.
The post-parade party at the Pawtucket Armory on Exchange Street is also back as part of the parade, Rogers said.
The parade itself will start at noon on March 5 and follow the same route as in previous years, starting on Division Street near McCoy Stadium, turning right onto South Bend Street, left onto Walcott Street, then into the city to City Hall on Avenue Roosevelt.
The after party will include food from local restaurants, music and a beer garden. Admission is $2 and customers also pay for their beer.
Rogers said they expected a big crowd of people looking to let off steam after a tough few years. Hopefully it will be a decent day, he said, but it’s a great way for people to hang out and a great tradition anyway.
This year’s grand marshal for the parade is Pawtucket teacher and former guidance counselor Patricia Murray, a longtime member of the Pawtucket St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. A Grand Marshal’s Dinner will be held the day before the parade at Murphy’s Law.