Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade Friday at Wellsville set for only 12 feet

Billed as the Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Wellsville will celebrate the event for just 12 feet Friday on North Main Street.

Brian Cannon, who came up with the activity sponsored by the Allegany County Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 1, says the march will line up at 4:15PM, March 17, at 104 North Main Street and kick off 15 minutes later, with observers not wanting to be late or they will miss it.

Sister Alice Roach is the Grand Marshall for the parade which will traverse just 12 feet from North Main Street and the corner of South Eaton Court, to the corner of North Eaton Court, with Unit 702 of the Wellsville American Legion Auxiliary, the Hibernians led by Piper Steve Walker, and a parade debut of the Shenanigan Sisters participating.

Cannon said there will be family fun, plenty of blarney and “a few surprises” during the event, with restaurants available for Irish food and stores being open for the celebration.

The purpose of the activity, according to its organizer, is to “celebrate our Irish heritage in Allegany County as we have never had a Saint Patrick’s Day parade!”

He said he believes Allegany County has a high population of Irish descendants, reaching 40 to 45 percent, and hopes to make this an annual event.

Further information is available at or (716) 474-9462.

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