Plans for the Roanoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade are as follows (subject to change):

Meet at the area of Jefferson and Albemarle to walk in the parade around 10am on Saturday the 13th. We will have the Oren with us.

Wear a Roanoke Fire/EMS Shirt, a Local 1132 shirt, a station shirt, or a St. Pats shirt. Whatever you would like.

The parade starts at 11am.

Afterwards we will meet at a local watering hole!

If you have questions then call or email me. Phone 537-8158. Email

Sorry for the late notice but I didn’t realize plans had not been set!

I hope to see you there.

Due to popular demand I am posting all (ok almost all) of the images from the parade. The only omitted photos are duplicates and ones that just weren’t that good. Enjoy…

Roanoke Firefighters were not swayed by the weather today for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (at least not all of us). Numerous firefighters and our families enjoyed the parade even though the weather was the worse it has been in years.

Captain Willie Wines Jr. seemed to be the ring leader for the festivities. We planned for the best, but prepared for the worst. Nathan Foutz was out at the crack of dawn preparing some of his famous chicken. That stuff will make you smack whoever is next to you. Willie brought his tractor and a trailer into town to carry the children and wives around in during the parade.

The event was rained on all day long. Although it seemed as though the even planners learne from last year not to scrap anything. If you remember last year all of the meteorologists were calling for rain yet it did not rain. The festival was canceled and many people were peeved when it ended up being very nice out. I remember walking in a tshirt.

This year they moved the festivities after the parade into Corned Beef and Company. A very strategic and financially beneficial move by the bar if you ask me.

Roanoke’s Bravest moved to the Union hall once the Parade was over for pizza and the ever famous Foutz Chicken. We enjoyed the comraderie at the Union Hall amoungst Firefighters, spouses, and children.

I must also add that we enjoyed the company of Mike Mohler, the VPFF President. Mike, along with our very own Mike Hanks, led us with the IAFF for McAulliffe Banner. Thanks for coming down to Roanoke Mike, we appreciate it and we hope you enjoyed yourself.

While the crowd was not as big, the parade not as long, and the festivities not as plentiful… YOUR Roanoke’s Bravest were there to enjoy themselves and to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This day only happens once a year and we weren’t going to give that up on account of rain.

Many thanks to Captain Wines, Lt. Foutz, Mike Hanks and Mike Mohler, and to all those who helped out with the day.

Roanoke Fire Fighters from many stations will be attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year. It will be held on Saturday March 14th. The lineup begins at 9:30 am at the parking lots at Jefferson and Albemarle. The Roanoke Fire Fighters Association will have their 1938 Chevy Oren Fire Engine in the Parade and Roanoke’s Bravest will be riding on and walking beside it.

Bring your family and enjoy the day. Last year was a blast.

After the parade, meet up with other Local 1132′s members at the Union Hall for pizza, drinks, and a jumpy pit for the kids.

The Roanoke Firefighters Auxiliary is apparently heading up the after party and are asking for everyone who wishes to attend to rsvp at

Be their and be sure to be wearing green. Below are some of the designs for shirts this year by their respective stations.