Chuck Kinnane loves organizing the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade , which this year runs Sunday, March 17 in Adamsville. But his wife jokes that it's all she ever hears about.
Chuck Kinnane loves organizing the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade, which this year runs Sunday, March 17 in Adamsville. But his wife jokes that it's all she ever hears about.
“She’s like, ‘You talk about it non-stop for six months before it happens, then after it’s over you talk about how awesome it was for the next six months.’”
There should be plenty to talk about for at least another six after this year’s parade, the third annual.
Boston Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell will be the guest of honor. Long-time Little Compton teachers Diane and David MacGregor are the grand marshals. One of the hottest traditional bands in Ireland, Green Road, will play a concert. And there will be the usual fun — corned beef and cabbage, lots of musicians and plenty of pints.
“It’s going to be such a great year,” Kinnane said.
The free parade and accompanying corned beef and cabbage dinner afterwards has always been a fund-raiser for the Little Compton Food Bank, and this year organizers also hope to share proceeds with food banks in Tiverton, Westport and possibly, Fall River.
Though the parade is free, folks who want to contribute to the fund-raiser can now buy tickets to the post-parade party here.
Tickets to the concert, with corned beef dinner and a drink are $55; the concert and a drink is $40; pint glasses are $20 and T-shirts are $35.
Last year, organizers had to keep the number of available tickets low as the food was served inside the Kinnane compound on Main Street. But this year, there will be a heated tent outside, so they can serve many more people. Even so, they expect the party to sell out quickly.