MEADVILLE – Kilts, Guinness, and leprechauns. A Meadville tradition gets underway once again this weekend with the Jack Curtin St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The fun starts tonight at Mickey’s Bar with the crowning of the Grand Leprechaun. Eileen Mullen, daughter of the parade’s founder Mr. Curtin, says the format has changed over the years.
“Originally when my dad set it up, all the money went to one charity, and when I rethought it, I thought, you know, people are going to get excited about the charity they benefit, and so this way, all six charities benefit.”
Six people are running for the honor this year.
Tomorrow is parade day starting at noon, and during a radio interview with Keith Alan Austin on ANTS radio in Meadville, Mullen indicated that there are some notable people from Meadville we might get to know a whole lot better if the right breeze blows down Chestnut Street.
“There are several people walking around downtown wearing kilts, that I spied… I think that [Meadville Finance Director] Tim Groves might be wearing a kilt. [Crawford Heritage Foundation Director] Christian Maher might be wearing a kilt, and Mayor Christopher Soff will be donning a kilt.”