CROWN POINT | Spectators wore every shade of green as chilly winds turned cheeks red Sunday at the fifth annual St. Patrick's Day festivities on the Crown Point square.
The Martin family arrived at 9 a.m. to help set up activities including the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research.
“I’m one of the organizers for the St. Baldrick’s event,” said Tim Martin, a lieutenant with the Crown Point Fire Department.
He and his sons, 8-year-old Lucas and 6-year-old Joseph, were among the more than 200 people who had their heads shaved during the event.
“We raised over $60,000 today,” Heather Martin said as the family walked to the Courthouse Square to see the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Crown Point Mayor David Uran served as grand marshal along with junior grand marshal Brooklyn Frassionone, who was the Event Logo Contest winner.
Just before the start of the twilight parade, the Band of Brothers Pipes and Drums corps entertained the spectators with “Amazing Grace” and other favorites. The Lake County Pipes and Drums also were among the parade participants along with emergency vehicles, lighted entries and marchers.
Before viewing the parade, Bob and Pat Ryan, of Schererville, decided to honor their Irish heritage at the annual corned beef and cabbage dinner held at Fire Station 1. Bob Ryan, whose family came from County Mayo in Ireland, wore a green Blackhawks sweatshirt under his heavy winter coat.
“We saw this in the newspaper and decided to come out,” Pat Ryan said. “I made Irish soda bread today in honor of the day.”
Kim and Polly Rushmore, of Crown Point, made their annual trek to the square to honor his Celtic ancestry, meet friends and do a bit of pub-crawling.
“Today, everybody’s Irish,” said Kim Rushmore, who claims a Scottish heritage.
California natives Roni and Robert Warden, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, and their three sons were among a group of 32 family and friends who gathered for the parade. Their front-row seats across Main Street from the reviewing stand gave them a perfect view of all the festivities.
“It’s a happy atmosphere, very festive. It’s a great family time,” said Sean, 13.