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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 02-06-2019

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2 PAWTUCKET FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – When one has a tried-and-true staple, there's no reason to switch it up, say organizers of the 2018 Pawtucket St. Patrick's Parade and related events. After some ques- tions about whether the parade would continue this year over conflicts sur- rounding the route and its impacts on local residents, Councilor John Barry, the key public figure questioning the parade, agreed last fall to let it move forward. A few minor tweaks, including sending the pre- parade Irish 5K in reverse, alleviated pressure on Walcott Street. Little else has changed as organizers prepare for this year's race and parade on Saturday, March 2, said parade committee member Tom Rogers, with the parade itself staying exactly the same. Frank McCabe, of the former Irish Social Club, will be the grand marshal for the parade, which will kick off at noon in front of McCoy Stadium before heading down South Bend Street, then to Walcott Street, Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue. The road race, which is the key funding mechanism for the parade, starts at 11 a.m. The post-parade party will again be held at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, 172 Exchange St. A Grand Marshal's reception in McCabe's honor will be held Friday, March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Murphy's Law, 2 George St. Donations of $20 will go to the parade, and there will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. The Faces of Ireland contest, where anyone can join in to try to win best Irish face, will be held Feb. 17 at the Celtic Pub on Broadway. Anyone can win this contest if they bring enough people to put them over the top in the noise department. There will be 20 to 30 raffle prizes, also to benefit the parade. "The community is involved in everything," said Rogers, adding that he thinks it's important to maintain this tradition in the city because resi- dents look forward to it. With losses of the Pawtucket Red Sox and Memorial Hospital, as well as the potential loss of Hasbro, residents and business owners seem more engaged than ever in the city's future, he said, many going above and beyond donating gift certificates to the cause. "They want to bring back Pawtucket Pride," he said. "They want to do more and more, and I think there's more and more interest in saving the city." He added, "It's something that the city needs to hold onto after losing so much." Parade day is a great time to see everyone again after staying inside for much of the winter, said Rogers. Anyone can be in the parade at no cost. Email amydiamond13@gmail. com about being part of the parade. Find the Pawtucket St. Patrick's Parade on Facebook for additional details. Rogers: Parade drawing more interest as residents re-engage with city By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE With colorful flags, marching bands, Pawtucket Firefighters and "St. Patrick" him- self, a past ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE begins at McCoy Stadium. ROGERS Slater Mill to re-open 'Seamless Work' exhibition Feb. 13 PAWTUCKET – Slater Mill and Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network, with the support of Polaris MEP, have announce the opening of a month-long re-instal- lation of the exhibition "Seamless Work" at Slater Mill this winter, hoping to cast an even wider net of awareness over RITIN's network of manufacturers and their respective communities. "Seamless Work" will open with a reception at the Old Slater Mill Association on Feb. 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Gallery hours thereafter will be Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., from Feb. 14 through March 16. The exhibition will loop a 10-minute, three-channel video that explores the day-to-day opera- tions of three textile manufactories in Pawtucket, using rhythm and music to propel briskly-paced images captured inside Neocorp, North East Knitting, and Colonial Mills. Admission is free, but dona- tions are accepted. The second- floor gallery is accessible by wheel chair lift. Slater Mill is located a 67 Roosevelt Ave. Free parking is available in the lot next to the mill. Visit www.slatermill.org or call 401- 725-8638, ext. 111. Correction In last week's column by Gregory Butler on our Opinion page, it was written that Gen. George S. Patton was alive in 1946. In fact, he died on Dec. 21, 1945.

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