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March in Erie – by Mary McKenna ’90

Published on March 12, 2014 | By Lindsay Cox

Guest blogger Mary McKenna ’90 is a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors – Mary tells of St. Patrick’s Day in Erie and invites everyone to share their St.  Luck to be a LakerPatrick’s Day memories from their time at Mercyhurst!

March in Erie…  By this time the amazement and shock of how much snow is ‘dumped’ in Erie has long past and we were anxiously awaiting spring.  What I remember about March in Erie, was St. Patrick’s Day.  In the 80’s I think most of our soccer team was from Ireland.  There are probably more Irish students at the ‘Hurst than any other school in the area.  In any event – EVERYONE IS IRISH ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY.  Everyone would put on all the green gear they could find and head over to the Townhouses, Briggs, or Sesler apartments for a few green beverages before walking through the streets of Erie to Sullivan’s to carry on with the rest of Erie.

20+ years later I celebrate St. Patty’s Day the Saturday before with the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Pittsburgh.  I get decked out in all the ‘HURST green gear I can find I head into town on the trolley, meet up with some friends and family on Grant street watch the parade, then head to Market Square for some more socializing.  In the evening we head to Dunnings in Regent Square to hook up with some high school friends for some long standing traditions.

Share your favorite Hurst St Patty’s Day memories, or your current ones.


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