Area residents won't be seeing that certain shade of green in the Chadakoin River this St. Patrick's Day.
After seven years, the annual Jamestown St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration has been discontinued. According to Peter Lombardi, executive director of the Jamestown Renaissance Center, there will be no parade this year and no leprechaun changing the color of the river. The decision, he says, came primarly during the consolidation process of the JRC and the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation.
"We talked about how we were focusing on a small number of the DJDC's biggest and most successful events," said Peter Lombardi, executive director of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. "The main focus will be on the Jamestown Hands On event, the farmer's market, Cruisin', Thunder In The Streets and the holiday parade. The decision was actually made last year when the DJDC board made the choice to not have the St. Patrick's Day Parade in the interest of focusing on a smaller number of events and making the quality of those events the primary concern."
Spectators follow the leprechaun to Brooklyn Square to see him turn the Chadakoin River green during the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Lombardi expects that some downtown businesses will still participate in St. Patrick's Day-themed events, however. Lee Harkness, general manager of the Gateway Center Train Station, says that although there are no events planned this year, there is a possibility of St. Patrick's Day celebrations at the building in the future.
"Maybe another year," said Harkness. "I haven't had time to do anything about it this year, and I don't want to rush it."
For those still looking for an Irish celebration, the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena will be hosting The Town Pants and Jackson Rohm on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the show will be $10. The Town Pants, a Canadian Celtic rock band from Vancouver, have played several shows around Chautauqua County in the past, consistently drawing crowds with their energetic live shows. Chautauqua County native Jackson Rohm will be coming to the arena to support The Town Pants fresh off of several dates in Chicago, before heading out to continue touring the northeast. The following evening the arena will have a "St. Patty's Day Skate and Trivia" night, as well.
For more information on the St. Patrick's Day events at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, call the box office at 484-2624.