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Get Your Irish On Early At Stamford St. Pat's Parade

Parade viewers get into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day at a previous Stamford parade. The 2017 Stamford St. Patrick's Day Parade is this Saturday, March 4, beginning at noon.
Parade viewers get into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day at a previous Stamford parade. The 2017 Stamford St. Patrick's Day Parade is this Saturday, March 4, beginning at noon. Photo Credit: File
Bob Callahan is the grand marshal of this year's St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday in Stamford.
Bob Callahan is the grand marshal of this year's St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday in Stamford. Photo Credit: Contributed by Bob Callahan
Parade viewers get into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day at a previous Stamford parade. The parade Saturday, March 4 kicks off at noon.
Parade viewers get into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day at a previous Stamford parade. The parade Saturday, March 4 kicks off at noon. Photo Credit: File
Parade viewers get into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day at a previous Stamford parade. The parade Saturday, March 4 begins at noon.
Parade viewers get into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day at a previous Stamford parade. The parade Saturday, March 4 begins at noon. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The 22nd Annual Stamford St. Patrick's Day will step off Saturday at noon and finishes around 1:30 p.m. at Latham Park at Bedford and Forest Streets.

During the parade which draws thousands of visitors there will be a number of road closures beginning at 10:45 a.m.

The parade route will proceed south on Summer Street, left onto Main Street, left onto Atlantic Street and end at Latham Park at Bedford and Forest Streets.

This year's Grand Marshall is Robert Emmett Callahan, a Stamford resident since 1959.

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His great-grandfather, Felix Callahan, immigrated from Ireland and settled in Montreal, Canada. There he founded the Harp, a monthly magazine, and the Montreal Sun, one of the first daily Catholic newspapers in North America.  The family then migrated to Brooklyn, N.Y.,  followed by a move to Eastchester, NY in 1939.

Callahan was born in New Rochelle, N.Y. He had one brother who died in 2016.  He and his wife of 57 years, Lucile Buckley Callahan, have lived in Stamford since their marriage and raised their six children here. they also have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Callahan is a trustee at the Church of St. Cecilia on Newfield Avenue.

Road closures at 10:45 a.m.:

  • Summer Street south of Hoyt Street,
  • Dorsen Place will be wrong way traffic going onto Bedford Street,
  • Broad Street west of Gay Street.

Additional closures at 11:50 a.m.:

  • Broad Street with no eastbound traffic after Franklin Street, which will remain open, as will the driveway into Target,
  • Main Street with no eastbound traffic after Summer Street,
  • Atlantic Street with no northbound traffic after Bell Street,
  • Spring Street with no exit onto Summer or Bedford Streets,
  • Forest Street with no westbound traffic after the driveway into the parking area and garage,
  • Prospect Street with only eastbound traffic onto Forest Street,
  • The exit from the ramp for the Town Center garage onto Atlantic Street will remain open, exiting traffic only southbound onto Atlantic Street.

When it is safe, roads will open as the parade proceeds. It is anticipated that all roads will be open by 1:30 p.m.

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