In what was perhaps the biggest turnout since its inception, Alexandria celebrated its Irish heritage March 2 and paid tribute to Vietnam Veterans in the 32nd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Sponsored by The Ballyshaners, the parade was founded by Pat Troy, who officially stepped down as organizer following this year's event. Showcasing veterans, military service members and local dignitaries, the parade was led by local restaurateur and former NHL great Brian “Bugsy” Watson, who served as grand marshal.
An antique car show and dog show preceded the parade, where thousands gathered to observe a moment of silence for critically injured Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy as the motor unit of the APD paused in front of the reviewing stand.
— Jeanne Theismann