O’Nancock wishes you “Slainte”.
This Irish toast, pronounced “slahn-cha”, means “to your health” and is the theme of this year’s St. Patrick’s parade, to be held on Sunday, March 12 at 2 PM in the heart of downtown Onancock on Market Street. Now in its fourth year, this event will feature a line-up of pipers, drummers, floats, bands, horses and much more, all lead by St. Patrick himself.
This year, several family friendly events are scheduled before the parade, so plan on spending the day. A selfie scavenger hunt contest (clues available at Marker 29, The Blarney Stone Pub and in the window at 40 Market Street) will take place again, and free Irish social dance lessons will be offered above the Town Hall at 12:15 and 1:00. A Celtic Festival featuring a variety of vendors and entertainment will take place on the grounds of Ker Place, Market Street from 10-5.
A kilt contest will once again be a parade highlight. Kilts can be traditional or creative, with a special category for first responders. Secret Judges will be in the crowd looking for enthusiastic spectators who dress and embody the spirit of the day and will be made “Honorary Leprechauns for the Day”.
Deadlines for entry are quickly approaching. Anyone in middle and senior high school (6-12th grades) may compete for cash prizes in the limerick contest. Entries must be received by February 25th. Anyone with questions may email Nancy James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any group entering to march in the parade must have entries in by March 1st. All forms and information can be found on-line at Onancock.org. Musical or walking units (including anyone wishing to be entered in the kilt contest), dance troupes, honor guards, floats or decorated bicycles are invited to join. Prizes will be awarded in each category.
So throw on your kilt, dress like a leprechaun, and join your friends and neighbors in welcoming spring at the O’Nancock St. Patrick’s parade.
For additional information please call Nancy James at 757 710-3089