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Pinckney St. Patty’s Day Parade rolls on despite the weather

A steady rain didn’t deter about a hundred die-hard residents from enjoying the return of the Pinckney St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday.

The parade, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, rolled through Downtown Pinckney featuring a veteran Color Guard from the Pinckney American Legion Post 419. bagpipe ensembles including the Michigan Scottish Pipes and Drums and the Flint Scottish Pipe Band, along with Girl Scouts, politicians and fire trucks and other apparatus from the Hamburg and Putnam Township Fire Departments as well as the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).

Susie Voison Tennyson, one of the parade’s organizers, said that considering the weather, they were very pleased with the turnout. “We started a little bit early, which everybody was OK with,” she laughed. “Once we knew that M-36 got shut down safely, we were good to go.”

A parade favorite, Carl the Leprechaun, was also in attendance. Now 79 years old, the unmistakably costumed participant, enjoyed his 19th year helping to lead the parade. In fact, the last two years that the parade didn’t officially take place, Carl said he still walked the route in full Leprechaun regalia anyway.

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