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Six sisters and two associates were among the 23,000 participants in the City of Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11. In a strange twist of fate, Pittsburgh’s unseasonably warm winter weather plummeted well below the freezing mark the night before. By start time, it was barely 20 degrees, making for one of the coldest parade days in history. 

Second in size only to Boston’s event, the parade, which dates back to 1869, features more than 200 marching units and generally draws more than 200,000 spectactors. It goes on rain or shine, snow or sun, even marching on through the Blizzard of 1993.

Our sisters bundled up in layers and adorned themselves in fun, festive attire – some staying aboard the heated trolleys that transported 40 sisters from throughout Western Pennsylvania to, from and during the parade. Others, including Sister Karen Buco, braved the cold and bitter wind to interact with the crowd. “I love to give candy to all the children,” she says. “You get going and you don’t realize how far you’ve marched.” 

While the spectators weren’t as plentiful as during 2016’s warmer temperatures, those who did turn out brought both blankets and good cheer. Patrons cheered for the sisters who waved enthusiastically from the trolley windows. Adults of all ages welcomed the Meet a Sister - Be Inspired rubber bracelets and prayer cards, while children collected candy from the sisters and green beads from other marching groups, including bands, dancers and even dogs.

One of the trolley drivers was fittingly named Patrick. “I always ask to be assigned to this trip,” he said. “I so very much enjoy the sisters’ company.”

The sisters who participate also feed off the energy of crowd, embracing the opportunity to bear witness and represent women religious throughout the community. “I’m still on a high,” says Sister Lorita Kristufek. “I just love parade day.”

For view more parade photos on our Facebook page, click here.

BELOW: Sisters Pat Marie Buranosky, Lorita Kristufek, Rosalia Giba, Barbara Ann Webster, Karen Buco and Virginia Rose Carroll -- along with associate Laurie Merwin -- represented the School Sisters of St. Francis in the City of Pittsburgh's 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Not pictured: Associate 

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