A long-standing tradition in Lucan

LUCAN – Decked out in a curly green wig, green shirt and pants down to the shamrocks on her socks, Delores Hogen was ready to take on the role of grand marshal for the 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade Sunday afternoon in Lucan.

Hogen said she’s walked the parade for several years, but this year, she got to ride in a blue Ford Mustang.

“It’s the fun community spirit,” Hogen said about why the parade has been a popular event in the small town.

There wasn’t a shortage of green, from clothing and hats to tractors and a truck in downtown Lucan for the parade, which was followed by a program and refreshments.

After the parade, Hogen had to take the stage before the program, saying that she was told it was one of the duties of the grand marshal.

“You know what I think, that’s a lot of blarney,” she said as the crowd laughed. Hogen then recited an Irish blessing.

The first parade was just one unit, said Ray Thull, and it has grown into an ongoing tradition.

“People are willing to come and enter the parade and be participants,” he said. “It’s a decent day; it could be warmer.”

Despite the chilly weather, people bundled up and gathered along the parade route to share in the Irish spirit.

“(It’s) community pride,” said Tom Moore, who helps organize the parade. “It’s a project the Booster Club kind of adopted.”

Everybody’s Irish today, said Moore and Thull.

Thull said various organizations and churches have floats in the parade.

“We only let green tractors in,” Thull said jokingly. “We usually have 20 to 25 floats in the parade.”

Terese Kramer of Milwaukee, Wis. said she comes back every year. Her mother’s birthday happens to be on March 14.

“I came back to be with family and celebrate,” she said.

Chris Kramer of Lucan said the parade is something that was started by the Dolan family, and it just kept going.

“It’s just a close-knit community, and once a good thing happens, they hold onto it,” Terese Kramer said.