St. Pat's parade turns gray to green
Despite a drizzly morning, hundreds came to downtown Hillsboro last Saturday for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
Past parades have seen worse weather. "We've had rain, snow, you name it," said Kathy Murphy-Hogan, who runs Murphy's Furniture in Cornelius with her family and organizes the annual parade. "That's Murphy's law. One year it was raining and the rain froze on the balloons. Not only did balloons get heavy and sink, but they exploded and then the sun came out just before the parade, so nobody had any balloons."
This year, according to parade emcee Harvey Berkey, the leprechauns did their work and made sure the rain stopped just as the parade began — then started up again just as it finished.
Murphy-Hogan said her mother, Ruth Murphy, started the parade in the 1980s as a way to drum up business during an economic downtown. Now, "It's a 'thank you' to everyone in western Washington County for supporting us."