Weymouth: Photos from Irish Heritage Day

Large crowds flocked to Weymouth for the first Irish Heritage Day celebration held in town.

A parade took place along Union Street with people from all around the state taking part. The family of fallen Weymouth Police Sergeant Michael Chesna were the Grand Marshalls of the parade.

“We are very honored to be here with the Weymouth Police Department and especially the Chesna family. This is a community that suffered a tragic loss last summer,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This is an opportunity at the same time for the community to come out, demonstrate their love and support to the Chesna family, but also to the men and women who wear the uniform to protect and serve us every single day.”

From the Brockton Pipes and Drum Band to Weymouth Athletics, hundreds of people took part in the parade.

“It’s exciting. One of the largest populations of the Irish community live here in South Weymouth and in the town itself,” said Weymouth Town Council President Michael Smart. “We’re really excited about our first tradition and we’re hoping we can continue this moving forward.”

People gathered on the sidewalk and in front of their homes to watch the parade.

“This is awesome,” said Maureen Arnold. “This the first one here, and I hope there’s many more to come.”

A group of superheroes clad in full gear brought smiles to kids along the route.

“It’s the best part,” said Brianna Leonardo of Heroes for Hire New England. “We love it when kids actually think we’re the heroes, and have conversations with us about the characters we are.”

At Stella Tirrell Park, vendors and live bands performed as the day continued with a festival.

“I think it was good,” said Brayden Staiti, 8, of Hanson. “My favorite part was meeting superheroes.” 

“It was fun,” added Gavin Holzworth, 10, of Pembroke. “It was really exciting to watch.”

This person says they're lucky to live in Weymouth: Lenny Rowe.

This person says they’re lucky to live in Weymouth: Lenny Rowe.

Becky Haugh, the Weymouth District 1 Town Councilor (far left), poses before the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe .

Becky Haugh, the Weymouth District 1 Town Councilor (far left), poses before the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe .

Six-year-old Jack (left) and three-year-old Maggie MacNeil of Weymouth. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Six-year-old Jack (left) and three-year-old Maggie MacNeil of Weymouth. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Weymouth Town Council Michael Smart marches in the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Weymouth Town Council President Michael Smart marches in the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Floats of all kinds took part in the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Floats of all kinds took part in the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Heroes for Hire New England pose with Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry McDermott. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Heroes for Hire New England pose with Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry McDermott. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Joan Long (left) and Barbara Muirhead grew up in Weymouth and said they weren't going to miss the first Irish parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Joan Long (left) and Barbara Muirhead grew up in Weymouth and said they weren’t going to miss the first Irish parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

State Senator Patrick O'Connor tossed candy to the crowd. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

State Senator Patrick O’Connor tossed candy to the crowd. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Zach Lane, 17, of Framingham (left) with Amy Gunville of Weymouth. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Zach Lane, 17, of Framingham (left) with Amy Gunville of Weymouth. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Union Street was lined with hundreds of people for the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Union Street was lined with hundreds of people for the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Councilor-at-Large Fred Happel, one of the organizers, waves from the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Councilor-at-Large Fred Happel, one of the organizers, waves from the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Members of Weymouth youth sports take part in the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Members of Weymouth youth sports take part in the parade. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Scottie Holzworth of Pembroke (far left), Brayden Staiti of Hanson (middle) and Gavin Holzworth pose with Heroes for Hire New England. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Scottie Holzworth of Pembroke (far left), Brayden Staiti of Hanson (middle) and Gavin Holzworth pose with Heroes for Hire New England. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com