In an annual tradition that’s both local and Irish, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki painted a green stripe along King Street today, doing his part to get the city excited about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which steps off at Noon tomorrow.
Sporting their favorite green attire, members of the Irish Culture Club were also on hand, with many chipping in on the road striping project. The Irish Culture Club has hosted Wilmington’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Hooley for 44 years.
Purzycki is the Parade Grand Marshal this year, a designation he couldn’t be more proud of. “The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a marvelous city tradition that I am so pleased to take part in as Grand Marshal this year, which makes me, and especially my Carlin family ancestors on my mother’s side of the family, very proud,” said Mayor Purzycki. “The Irish, of course, have a long, proud history in Wilmington dating back centuries, and the community continues to thrive today.”
Members of the Irish Culture Club will lead the parade, and Irish dance groups, school bands, and local and state officials will also take part. The parade will start at 4th & King Streets and end at 14th & King Street — at St. Patrick’s Church — where there will be a post-parade Hooley celebration of Irish heritage in a tented parking lot until 4 pm.