A special tradition
Green was the theme as the city of Lucan celebrates its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
LUCAN — For a tiny town, Lucan knows how to keep its St. Patrick’s Day celebration rolling.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a parade and program is a tradition, according to Lucan Booster Club charter member Alice Thull.
“It’s the Lucan Booster Club’s 31st annual St. Patrick’s Parade and (30th) Program,” Thull said. “The parade was started 31 years ago when Joe Dolan drove a golf cart down Main Street. It grew from there. He was one of the active Irish at that time.”
Thull said that for many years, the Dolans worked with the Lucan Booster Club to continue to organize parades and after-parade programs.
Leading the parade this year were grand marshals LaVern and Louise Honetschlager.
This year’s parade included close to 30 units. There were emergency vehicles, an antique truck, an old tractor and plow and a mini go-cart. Various businesses were represented and the Milroy Go-Getters 4-H Club were in the parade. Rachel Coudron of the Go-Getters rode her horse in the parade. There was also a palomino draft horse entered, pulling the Lucan Pretzel Day sign. Wreaths across America was represented as well.
An unexpected sight was a Charger painted like the General Lee from the Duke’s of Hazard. It was driven by owner Neil Cole of Vesta.
Many of the units tossed candy to children along the parade route.
“The parade usually starts by Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and goes up Main Street,” Thull said. “Then it turns around and comes back down to the community center for the program.”
“After the first parade, (the first) program was held at the supper club on Main Street (now known as Knott’s Corner),” Thull said. “This year, Knott’s Corner was open from noon until 6 p.m. They served ‘Leprechaun Legs’ (battered green bean fries) as an hors d’oeuvre.”
The supper club also served green beer for the occasion.
Green was also the theme for the after-parade program held at the Lucan Community Center. The booster club served decorated cakes with coffee and green lemonade.
Thull’s husband, Ray, emceed the program.
“In the past, we’ve had home-school families in the program,” Thull said, “and youth singers from the Lutheran church as well as other local talent. And, Ray usually sings a capella.”
Some years, talent and workers were scarce, especially on St. Patrick’s Day, so the booster club began holding its celebration on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day that would work for the most people.
“Moving it to Sunday helped,” Thull said.
The Lucan Lions also played a part in the Lucan St. Patrick’s Day celebration. They Lions sponsored a fundraising breakfast at the community center. They served scrambled eggs and ham. The proceeds of the breakfast and associated raffle will go to support community projects.