St. Patrick’s Parade 2017 In Manchester, New Hampshire

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I love a good parade and Manchester put on another great one! The weather held out and I could feel the sun on our backs which kept us warm. I stood at Harrison Street with a good friend of mine, Sue. This was her second time going and now she is hooked!

Everyone loves clowns and music and this parade had plenty of that.

My favorite of all will always be the Bektash & Melha Shriners fellers riding around in their little cars and jeeps! The smiles on those men’s faces, tell me that it brings them back to their childhood of being a kid again for a few hours! What a thrill just watching them. Their smiles lit up Elm Street!

The Londonderry Lancers High School marching band and Color guard, were simply amazing and huge! There was also music that filled the air with Manchester High School West, Muchachos, Sons of Italy, Bedford High School, Bishop Guertin High School, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Blue Knights, William Diamond group, all marching bands.


We also had Irish music with dancers, from the JIG factory, In the Field, McGonagle, McDonough Grimes, and St. Joseph’s. Let’s not forget the awesome bagpipers and their great skills. The Hibernian, NHPA, pipes and drum, Sudbury Fife and Drum. The Middlesex County Volunteers of Massachusetts.

You got to see our Grand Marshall, Al Heidenreich, Miss NH, Miss Teen NH, Miss Liberty Teen and Miss Majorette of America.

We saw the Gym Dandies bicyclists, and Star Wars characters. Manchester’s finest with their horse and dogs.

Our own, Mayor Ted Gatzas.

If I forgot anyone I am sorry as I am trying to read the flags in my photos and some were windblown and it’s hard to do so. It was a fun day and this little lady loved every minute of it! Thanks so much!

If anyone would like to make copies of any photo, please tag and go for it. I give you permission to do so. Thanks for a good time, once again, Manchester!

Well done! Well done!

Check out Gail’s Facebook page for all her photos, and tag yourself!

Gail Durant is the fourth-oldest from a family of 13 children. She has lived in Manchester her whole life with the exception of one year in Hillsboro. She worked for 41 years in shoe shops, laundry and manufacturing and fully retired five years ago. She lost her husband Bob almost three years ago to brain cancer, and is currently writing a book about their love story, Bob’s diagnosis, and the signs she receives from him, to this day. Proceeds from the book will go to charities to help children in some way and also for brain cancer research.  She resides in Manchester with her dog, Miss Spirit (short for Christmas Spirit) and has a daughter she adopted a few years ago, who came into her life at age 7 and is now 40. She has enjoyed photography most of her life, and loves taking random shots, and spinning the thoughts she has into stories, with pictures. She can be reached at

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Carol Robidoux

Carol Robidoux

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Longtime NH journalist and publisher of Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!