Traditional Irish music and dance filled Providence City Hall today as Mayor Jorge O. Elorza hosted this year’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
“Every year, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration proves to be one of the most popular and beloved traditions held at City Hall,” said Mayor Elorza. “I am proud to continue to honor the Irish-American heritage that has helped build the vibrant city that we have today.”
Scott Malloy, Deputy Grand Marshall of the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade was the keynote speaker at the formal celebration which took place on the third floor of City Hall. The Ceremony featured an invocation from Father Thomas More Garrett, musical performances from the Providence Police Bagpipe and Drum Corps, the Mount Pleasant High School Chorus, and a traditional step-dance by the Goulding School of Irish Dance.
Mayor Elorza presented the Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee with a citation recognizing their contribution to the City. The formal ceremony was followed by a reception in the Alderman’s Chamber featuring traditional Irish fare.
“Providence is a city rich with Irish immigrant history and it is a great honor to commemorate our heritage and culture here in City Hall year after year,” stated Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan.
State Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Representative Daniel McKiernan, Representative Moira Walsh, Councilman Michael Correia, Councilman Terrence Hassett and Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the celebration.