Despite the cold, the St. Patrick’s parade marches on

Bundled up for a cold celebration, marchers pass out candy at the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 11. VANESSA CHAVEZ/EXPLORING

Vanessa Chavez

Omaha World-Herald Explorer

The cold did not stop spectators from getting out to support the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The parade is held in order to commemorate St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The event also celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.

Parade chairman Hugh Spellman made sure everything ran smoothly. Spellman recognizes the role the parade plays in keeping the spirit of St. Patrick alive.

“The parade is a way to help recognize St. Patrick and Irish Americans that have come before,” Spellman said.

Spellman says his favorite part of the parade is watching everyone have a good time and seeing the variety of groups registered for the parade.

With curls bouncing, Dowds Irish Dancers stomp on a float at the St. Patrick's Day parade on a chilly March 11. VANESSA CHAVEZ/EXPLORING
With curls bouncing, Dowds Irish Dancers stomp on a float at the St. Patrick’s Day parade on a chilly March 11. VANESSA CHAVEZ/EXPLORING

Spectator Brooke Morehead, along with her family, has been coming to the parade for the last five years. She believes it is important to expose her children to other cultures and heritages.

Morehead came to the parade to not only support her husband, who is part of the local fire department and would take part in the parade, but also to support the community as a whole.

“It’s a big community event, a good time to be with the Omaha community and come together to celebrate the community’s diversity,” Morehead said.

For Lori and Chris Rewczuk, this year marks the third time they have attended the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

“It’s always a lot of fun, the kids enjoy it, we like to meet friends here and together celebrate St.Patrick’s Day,” Lori Rewczuk said.

Although the Rewczuks are not Irish, to them, attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade has become a family tradition. They also recognize the importance of experiencing different cultures.

St. Patrick is recognized globally as the patron saint of Ireland, and he is also the patron saint of engineers. Chris Rewczuk keeps that in mind when celebrating the day because he himself is an engineer.

The Rewczuks also have a special reason to celebrate the occasion. On the official date of St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, daughter Brooklyn turned 3 years old.

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Temporarily tattooed, Brooklyn Rewczuck celebrates St. Patrick’s Day and an early third birthday at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Omaha on March 11. VANESSA CHAVEZ/EXPLORING
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