By Susan Monteleone
YULAN March 19, 2002 It was a day to show the Irish spirit and to also show the pride of America.
The streets of Yulan were once again named Marion ONeill Way, after the late cofounder of the annual St. Patricks Day Parade. The giant shamrock, too, was painted in the center of Yulan, and people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the hundreds who marched in this 31st edition of Sullivan Countys most popular parade.
The entire day went off without a hitch, as an estimated 1,500 people watched more than 40 fire companies, emergency service workers and a variety of floats pass by. This years theme was dedicated to honoring the American spirit and pride, in addition to the Irish in everyone.
This years Grand Marshalls were Klendin Kirby and Nancy Walters, both of Yulan.
The floats that participated in the parade showed the spirit of being Irish along with the spirit of America.
Many of the floats displayed thanks and flags in honor of the many military servicepeople and emergency responders that do their dangerous jobs daily without a second thought. A special touch this year was the addition of the Sheriffs Department and the New York State Police, who all marched without missing a step.
Along the parade route, a costumed fire dog and even a gaily dressed green St. Patrick walked the street and shook hands with everyone. There were many fire trucks displaying their support for this nations troops, and several of the floats played American themed songs.