The St Patrick’s Parade originated in 1979 as a Hillsboro Chamber project to promote retail trade, with Ruth Murphy as project chair and the Portland Timbers Soccer Club as Grand Marshall. Mary and Kathy, daughters of Murphy’s Furniture founder, Ruth Murphy, believe it’s important to provide the parade as a symbol of the hope brought with Spring and consider this community event a privilege to present. This year's parade promises to be just as loaded with royalty. Past participants include: St. Paul, Columbia County and Tillamook County Fair Rodeo Courts as well as The Budweiser Clydesdales and Ronald McDonald himself!
Murphy’s encourages local businesses and organizations to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to “celebrate your businesses survival” and promote yourself in a fun way. This was the purpose of the original celebration, and it’s a good time to revisit past successes.
Keep your eyes open for the Lucky Leprechauns who will be handing out lucky numbers along the parade route. The Lucky Number will be changed weekly and posted at Murphy’s Furniture. If the number posted matches the number on the parade flyer the winner will receive a special prize of Murphy Money.
Also, a new twist in the St Patrick’s Day Festivities is the relocation of the Corned Beef and Cabbage Lunch to the inside of Sports Look’s Restaurant. Find out more about the Corned Beef and Cabbage Lunch by calling Sports Look at 503-693-9378.
There is still time to get in the parade. Gather your family and friends and put together your own spectacle. Entry forms are available at Hillsboro and Forest Grove Chamber offices or at Murphy’s Furniture in Cornelius. The $20 parade entry fee will go to support the Hillsboro Boys and Girls Club. For more information call Murphy’s Furniture at 503-640-1124, or print an entry form at www.murphysfurniture.net/Events/ .