The Grand Marshal for the 14th Annual Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade will be retired Yarmouth Police K9 Officer Peter B. McClelland, who will lead the parade. This year’s parade is in honor of Sgt. Sean Gannon and his K9 partner Nero, who together marched in last year’s parade.
The parade will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 9, 2019 and will travel along Route 28 in Yarmouth. The theme of this year’s parade is the “Spirit of the Community.”
Peter McClelland encompasses all aspects of this year’s theme for the parade. He worked for the Yarmouth Police Department for 30 years and most of those years were spent being a K9 dog handler. Mr. McClelland trained K9 Nero from the time he was a puppy and started training him with Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon, who eventually took him full time.
After the tragic events that took place on April 12, 2018, where Officer Sean Gannon was fatally shot in the line of duty, and K9 Nero sustained critical injuries, McClelland rushed to the hospital where he stood by K9 Nero’s side during his surgery. Mr. McClelland continued to stay by Nero’s side day and night for six days in the ICU. K9 Nero was eventually sent home with Mr. McClelland for three months of rehabilitation. K9 Nero returned to the Gannon home in August.
“The people of Cape Cod were left devastated after the senseless loss of Officer Sean Gannon, and the injuries to K9 Nero. Mr. McClelland’s dedication, compassion and strength during Nero’s recovery along with his continual updates on Nero’s progress, helped to lift the spirits of this heartbroken Cape Cod community at a time when it was greatly needed,” said Desmond Keogh, Chairman for the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade Committee.
The parade will also feature floats constructed by local businesses plus marching bands, dancers, pipe bands, antique cars, trucks, first responders from around the community… and a few surprises!! All police departments across Massachusetts and from "across the pond" have also been invited to participate in this year’s parade.
The parade route runs from Bass River Sports World on Long Pond Drive west, along Route 28, for about two miles, to the Town ’n Country Motel. Many businesses along the parade route will remain open during and after the festivities.
Cape Cod native Keslie Corbett of Harwich Port has agreed to provide professional photography services for the cape Cod Saint Patrick’s Parade Committee.
Keslie, a graduate of Hallmark Institute of Photography, isa member of the Professional Photographers of Cape Cod association, and the Professional Photographers of America. She was awarded '2017's Most Loved Photographer on Cape Cod' by Haulafrog!
Keslie specializes in photography of newborns, maternity, senior portraits, families, engagements, and weddings.
The 2019 parade will mark our 14th anniversary, and from humble beginning to today, we have been blessed with growth, achievement and support. There are many people to thank, and first and foremost the parade committee would like to thank our corporate sponsors and every single small business that borrows from a pool of meager funds and gives to the parade to help ensure its success. We would like to thank the Town of Yarmouth for their support. The Tourism Preservation Fund has continued to support this effort to bring many spectators to the Mid-Cape area who, without this parade, may not find themselves on Cape Cod in March.
We would like to thank you, the spectators for continually spreading the word and inviting more and more spectators each year. You have proven to be a hardy bunch, braving the elements to help us celebrate our Irish heritage and the eventual arrival of spring.
Many different hands have come together and countless hours have been spent by a group of volunteers. A dedicated group that begins work immediately following each parade to begin planning the next. The Parade Committee wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the volunteers, past and present (and future), for giving yourself to this worthy event. We have developed from an idea to an event that brings thousands of people to Cape Cod. To the people who have taken time away from the family and friends to make this possible we are forever grateful.
We can always use help and there is no effort too small that we don't appreciate. Please continue to invite your friends and family to join us in this celebration. The thousands of spectators who line this route help to spread warm feelings to the hundreds who march. It is our sincerest hope that you, coupled with your friends and families enjoy this weekend. To quote one of our founding members, Mr. Gerry Manning, "Everybody Loves a parade." On behalf of the entire parade committee let me say that we love having you join us.
Des Keogh, Chairman
Come join the fun at Cape Cod irish Village on Jan 11th and 12th with the amazing Devri from Boston indoor pool and hot tub great craic throughout the weekend all for the price of $100 per person.
On Saturday all the money will go into a 50/50 raffle to benefit our local St.Patrick's Day Parade, so basically the room is free. Call 508 394 4263.
We are looking for gift certs or small prizes from anyone that would like to donate if you can all ask around for us.