New Castle County honors St. Patrick’s Day with proclamation

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New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon saluted Thursday as St. Patrick’s Day, noting that all of March has been designated over the years as Irish-American Heritage Month and urging everyone to join the celebration.

Officially declaring Thursday the 17th as St. Patrick’s Day in the county, Gordon honored the Irish Club of Delaware, which sponsored the annual parade Saturday in Wilmington, and encouraged all residents “to recognize the leadership of and participants in the St. Patrick’s Day activities throughout New Castle County, reflecting efforts to celebrate and honor Ireland, St. Patrick and the history of Irish-Americans in the United States.”

Gordon and other county officials joined Saturday’s parade, as did the horses of the New Castle County Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit. With their feathers or hooves temporarily tinted, the county horses took “wearing of the green” to a new level, to the delight of the parade’s hundreds of spectators.

In addition to marching in parades, Gordon said in a celebratory proclamation, “St. Patrick’s Day is a time to learn and spread Irish culture and traditions, celebrate Irish heritage and history, sing Irish songs … and perform Irish music.”

He also urged all who choose to honor the day by quaffing Ireland’s best-known export or other adult beverages to do so responsibly by designating drivers and celebrating safely.

HORSES WEAR GREEN

New Castle County Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit horses take “wearing of the green” to a new level Saturday at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Wilmington.

GORDON WITH SPECTATORS

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon, center, pauses to pose for a photo with spectators at the annual parade sponsored by the Irish Club of Delaware. (NEW CASTLE COUNTY PHOTOS)