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Irish Day Parade honors Lima man as grand marshal

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Held the week before St. Patrick's Day, it's one of the first big events of the year for many families, Irish and otherwise. Held the week before St. Patrick's Day, it's one of the first big events of the year for many families, Irish and otherwise.

The crowds came out in droves Saturday (3/10/18) to witness 26th annual Irish Day Parade. Just under 100 floats made their way from St. Gerard's to Town Square, crossing over a lot of the streets named after those early Lima Irish they were celebrating.

Held the week before St. Patrick's Day, it's one of the first big events of the year for many families, Irish and otherwise. When it comes to it, family is really what it is all about.

"The North End families that kind of built this city, all the grand kids, great-grand kids, great-great grand kids are now back, and we do the same thing every year," says Irish Day Parade co-chair Darby Bourk. "It's a good family fun atmosphere and you know kids enjoy it, the families enjoy it just to see some of the floats out here and the creativity some people do."

For some participants, that family sentiment hits a little closer to home this year. Lima man Danny Killian was named grand marshal after passing away earlier this year. Family of his from all over the country came in to stand in for their lost family member.

"It's an honor, very big honor," says Beverly Carder, Killian's sister. "We have a lot of good old friends in the North End and all the Irish that we grew up with, and it's just fun every year to get together with everybody and celebrate."

Although the post of grand marshal is not entirely unfamiliar to the family.

"Our dad was the grand marshal in 2001, so this is a tremendous follow up," says Michael Killian, Danny's brother. "Like I said, an honor to Danny. He would've been extremely proud and would've loved to have been here."

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