By Sarah Scinto, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice
WILKES-BARRE — Luke Hadsall relied on a green hat with an attached, orange beard to keep him warm as he watched the floats and marchers pass.
He and his sister, Skyler Hadsall, sat near the sidewalk on Public Square, watching the 37th annual Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday afternoon. Luke, 10, waited in particular for floats and marchers that threw candy to spectators.
“My pockets are stuffed with candy,” he said.
Skyler, 13, sat bundled in a blanket, keeping her two dogs close to keep warm as the parade marched on through freezing temperatures on Sunday.
The Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, winding through downtown and around Public Square past spectators who either braved the cold or watched, huddled together, from the windows of bars, restaurants and coffee shops.
The cold weather kept the normal crowd of outdoor spectators low, but plenty of area residents came out to see the annual parade. Those willing to stand outside lined Main Street along the parade route, clutching hot coffees and cocoa and wearing plenty of layers to keep warm.
Justin Vozella, 37, of Larksville stood near the entrance of a downtown parking garage, trying to escape the wind with his dog, Zod, who arrived at the parade wearing a green shirt and St. Patrick’s Day-themed headband.
“We thought it’d be fun … to bring Zod down to the parade,” he said.
His wife, Marissa Vozella, watched through the window of a nearby stairwell. She said she enjoyed the parade but “not the cold.”
“It brings a lot of people together,” she said.