Sure, Boston has the largest St. Patrick’s Day in New England, but they do it right down the Cape as well: The 8th Annual Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade is March 9, starting at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Route 28 and School Street, and ending in Yarmouth, at Forest Road.
The parade features more than a dozen marching bands from all over New England, floats, antique cars and family entertainment, as well as a grand marshal this year who is still a big hit in Boston and all over New England: Derek Sanderson, Boston Bruins bad boy in the 1970s, playing on Stanley Cup teams in 1970 and 1972, before his life spiraled downward due to drugs and alcohol. He later rebounded, with the help of good friend Bobby Orr, and became a TV color analyst for Bruins games, and is now managing director of The Sports Group at Baystate Wealth Management in Boston, counseling young athletes about money management and helping them avoid the disastrous financial mistakes he’d once made.
A movie, “Turk,” about Sanderson’s life is reportedly on tap to be made this year, based on his recent book, “Crossing the Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original.”
The parade’s grand marshal’s dinner-dance will be held the night before the parade at the Irish Village in Yarmouth. For information, visit www.capecodstpatsparade.com or www.facebook.com/capestpatsparade