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Charlotte’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Returns in 2023, Says New Organizer | Local News

A new organizer has stepped in to revive Charlotte’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.

Charlottean longtime Rory Wall formed a nonprofit 501©(3) committee and created a website, CharlotteStPats.comfor the event, he told The Charlotte Observer in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

“Our goal is to have a stand-alone committee fully funded by the parade and the festival that will create a dominating event between the New York and Savannah parades,” Wall said.

Those in charge of those parades offered their help as needed to make Charlotte a success once again, Wall said.

The Charlotte committee secured the city’s parade and festival permits for March 11, 2023, which is the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, Wall said. The parade will take place “rain or shine”, he said.

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The Independence High School Marching Band has pledged to participate in the parade, Wall said, as he continues to work on pledges for other Charlotte-area schools and organizations.

The all-volunteer effort also focuses on building a board of directors and finding sponsors for the parade, he said. No one earns a salary and any proceeds will go directly to the following year’s parade.

Wall and Mike Lenahan, president of the Charlotte Division of Ancient Order of Hibernians, co-chairs the new committee. The order is an Irish-American organization with deep roots in Ireland.

Before COVID-19 postponed the event, Charlotte’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade entertained 80,000 spectators annually along Tryon Street in downtown, the couple who founded the parade said a year ago. quarter century to the observer in February.

Frank Hart, who started the parade with his wife, Linda Dyer Hart, cited the worsening of his Parkinson’s disease to end the popular tradition. The parade would have celebrated its 25th anniversary last March.

The parade was last held in 2019 as the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the event for the past two years.

Retired from IBM, Irish lineage

Wall said Charlotte deserved to have her St. Patrick’s Day parade back.

“Like so many other people in Charlotte, I was disappointed that there was no St. Patrick’s Day parade this year,” he said.

Wall, who was born on St. Patrick’s Day, said he retired from IBM after 30 years. He earned his MBA from Wake Forest University.

Before moving to Charlotte in 1990, he and his family lived in Tokyo. He worked with IBM Japan there to help build the world’s first securities trading system, he said.

Wall also said he helped start four businesses: a consulting company, an accounting software company, a software services company and an industrial waste disposal company.

He has nine grandchildren, loves to travel, and is active in the Catholic fraternal organization of the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. His father was born in Belfast, Ireland, and the family traces its roots to Ireland in 1170, he said.