The 2006 Northampton Marshal's Reception was a truely memorable event. For nearly twenty-five years the Northampton Parade Marshal has been presented the Blackthorn walking stick with has been carried in the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade and is adorned with the names of all the previous Marshals. The following year the Blackthorn is passed to the incoming Marshal.
A New St. Pat's Tradition
This year marked the start of a new tradition. When relinquishing the Blackthorn all outgoing Marshals will receive their own Blackthorn walking stick labeled with their name and year as Marshal. At the Marshal's Reception this year all previous Marshals were awarded their Blackthorn walking stick and are pictured below.
Marshals in attendance were:
Michael Ahearn, Sr.
Andrew Trushaw - repesenting the NPD and FPD
B. David Shea
The Honorable W. Michael Ryan
Michael T. Ahearn, Jr.
General George Keefe
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