LIMA — Lima’s Irish are hoping for some of that Irish luck to bring good weather on Saturday to the annual parade honoring the green homeland.
“We’re praying for no rain. Last year it was beautiful, and we had a huge turnout,” said Darby Bourk, a co-chairman with Kim Finn for the annual parade. “But you know something, we’ve had freezing cold temperatures before and you still get people coming out. I think we just like to celebrate all that’s Irish."
And this year, the celebration is expected to be grand.
“Right now we’ve got almost 100 floats registered. I’ve heard rumor that some of the family floats as well as some of the floats sponsored by area restaurants are just outstanding. They always show such creativity,” Bourk said.
Adding more Celtic charm to the event is a contingent of bagpipers from Fort Wayne, Ind., that will again be marching. “These guys were here last year, and people just loved them. And like last year, they’re going to different establishments after the parade to perform,” Bourk said.
And also marching this year are some Irish Wolfhounds, the unofficial dog breed of Ireland. “They’re very gentle dogs, but they’re just huge. I think people will enjoy seeing them,” he said.
Bourk is also excited that this year’s grand marshall, Joe McCormick, has agreed, although reluctantly, to serve in that honored position. “Joe isn’t one who likes the spotlight. He’s a super great guy, northend Irish. He’d give you the shirt off his back, which we think is a fine example of Irish,” Bourk said.