The Knox St. Patrick’s Parade committee awarded their first annual, “John and Pat McLaughlin Irish Spirit Scholarship”, with excitement today. The scholarship was awarded to 2020 high school graduate, Catherine Gleason. The scholarship is named for the late Mr. and Mrs. John and Pat McLauglin, the original parade organizers in the 1980’s. Mrs. Sue McLaughlin Greer, the oldest of the McLaughlin children, was on hand to help present the scholarship.
Please watch the video (below) to hear the history of the McLaughlin’s and how the family chose this years recipient in their parents honor.
Our hearts are heavy but our Irish eyes will continue to smile. It was a sad day for our little non profit company. When we decided to bring the St. Patrick’s parade back to Knoxville we decided we wanted all the proceeds to benefit Catholic Charities of East Tennessee because they help those in our community that are most vulnerable. Because of that reason, we decided to cancel this years parade and Cel-O’-bragh-tion. We did not want to make any of our participants, volunteers and spectators vulnerable to a virus.
Our annual parade is an amazingly fun day that has successfully raised money for CCETN. CCETN is an EVERYDAY organization that is always in need of donations in order to continue their amazing work for our communities most in need.
Thank you to local businesses, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken and Cyclebar Bearden for giveback days on Sunday, March 8. It is only with the support of local businesses and families that our parade can be a success.
Gus’s Giveback Day was a winner! 10% of their sales on Sunday come directly to the parade. Folks enjoyed Gus’s fried chicken, delicious sides and, of course, southern pies.
Cyclebar Bearden raised $700 in 45 minutes! Cyclers of all fitness levels donated to our cause during their “Ride for St. Paddy’s”.
After our St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 14, we’ll have just about every food and drink your heart desires. Bring your appetite and join us for the Cel-O-Braghtion Block Party in the Festival District (Clinch Avenue & Market Street). Our vendors will be cooking and stirring up a great day!