Paddy Hough Parade gives neighborhood cause to celebrate

first_imgThe usual calm of a Friday afternoon on Vancouver’s Main Street was disrupted by the thumping of bass drums and the squealing voices of children shouting “Firetruck, firetruck, firetruck!”It was time, once again, for the annual Paddy Hough Parade.Students from nearby Hough Elementary School and community organizations dressed in their finest — or at least their greenest — and marched down Main Street in a show of St. Patrick’s Day pride. Onlookers danced, collected candy and waved at the procession as the parade progressed.Even the sun, obscured by gray clouds for most of the day, peeked out, bringing some truth to the parade’s motto: “The sun always shines on the Paddy Hough Parade, no matter what the weather!“The Paddy Hough Parade, now in its 27th year, celebrates Patrick “Paddy” Hough, the Irish immigrant and educator for whom the school and neighborhood is named.Hough immigrated to Canada in 1870 then to Vancouver in 1883, where he was a teacher and associate superintendent in the cityWhile the parade is a long-standing tradition for the neighborhood, some of the faces on Main Street were there for the first time.Liz Soth leapt up and down as her son William, a first-grader at the school, marched past. She waved and filmed a video of the 6-year-old boy, who, along with his classmates, was wearing a soda-bottle jet pack attached to his back.last_img

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