BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – The 38th Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Day parade rolled down Market Street in Boardman Sunday afternoon, despite the rain.
It was the first time Marla Santiago had ever been to a parade. She moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico last year.
“I enjoyed it and I had fun, and my kids had fun too,” she said.
First News anchors and reporters were in the parade also, handing out candy and having fun with the crowd.
First responders from across the Valley marched as well.
A local organization used the parade as an opportunity to impact the crowd with its display of a totaled car.
“It’s smashed on both sides,” said Polly Salvatore, a saleswoman at Youngstown Auto Wrecking. “The person that was the passenger probably didn’t make it out of it alive and if they did, they are probably never going to be the same again.”
Polly and her family walked next to the car, a clear and visible reminder of what bad decisions behind the wheel can do.
“One time drinking, one time texting, this could be you. It doesn’t just affect you, it affects everybody,” she said.
Polly says she sees vehicles like this every day, and wanted to do something to show the effects of one poor decision.
“We see vehicles come in and we all say, ‘Well, you think they lived after that one?’ or ‘They couldn’t have lived after that one.’ So it’s very real.”
Parade organizers say 150 groups were involved in the event this year.