Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Ballyshaners Appreciate Support

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Ballyshaners Appreciate Support

The Ballyshaners are looking forward to hosting the 37th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 3. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with our Classic Car Show, followed by the Fun Dog Show at 10:30. The Parade will launch at 12:15 at the corners of King and Alfred Streets.

This year, we are celebrating Bernadette and Pat Troy as our Grand Marshals. The Troys have been instrumental in supporting not only Irish heritage in Alexandria, but also the importance of small businesses to our community. Pat and Bernadette dedicated nearly 40 years to Old Town as owners of the Irish Walk, and of Ireland’s Own Restaurant and Pub.

Pat Troy founded the Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Ballyshaners. Since then, our all-volunteer organization has subsisted on the donations of individual and organizational supporters. This year, we are grateful for the support of Guinness, Hot99.5FM, Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub, Daniel O’Connell’s, Fiona’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Long&Foster Realtors, and the VanCoverden Family for serving as our key sponsors. We also are immensely grateful to the many individuals and companies who either purchased an ad in our Parade Program or who simply gave a few dollars to show their support for the event.

In addition to support from the City of Alexandria, it costs the Ballyshaners roughly $50,000 to host this annual event that showcases our city. We look forward to a grand parade day on March 3 and hope that all attendees will consider donating a couple of dollars during that afternoon.

Kimberley Moore

Chairman, Ballyshaners