Posted on 03/17/2017 at 09:05 AM by Dena Boelter
Night Dispatcher Mike Harrington is in charge of organizing the 2nd generation of the “Parnell Ancestral Walking Brigade”, a walking float celebrating its 40th consecutive entry in the 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Mike has a strong Irish heritage, which he honors and celebrates with his family.
"My Mother, her Brother’s & Sister’s all from Parnell, IA were born into the Duffy family and were all ‘FBI’, Full Blooded Irish.
In addition, on 03/17/17, my wife & I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary. We married at 9:30 am on 03/17/07, then walking in our float in the parade later that day, along with our wedding party.
I am the father of 5 children from 31 to 37 years old, who never attended school on St. Patrick’s Day because as a family, we’ve always been in the Parade. Consequently, most of my children still attend the Parade with me, even though only one lives in Iowa."
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Stay safe and have fun!