St. Patrick’s Parade Carries on in Memory of Silky Sullivan

The St. Patrick's Day Parade originally was part of the Irish Eyes of Memphis pub crawl, which began 43 years ago, said Joellyn Sullivan. Silky, the late restaurateur Thomas Boggs and Mark Flanagan "founded the original pub crawl," she said. "It started Downtown and would go down Madison Avenue. Every single place — every bar — from Downtown to Overton Square was included as a stop in the pub crawl."

The parade, which was held on St. Patrick's Day, originally began at Murphy's at 1589 Madison and ended in Overton Square, Sullivan said. When Silky opened Silky O'Sullivan's in 1992 on Beale Street, St. Patrick's celebrations were held at Silky Sullivan's — Silky's Overton Square bar — as well as the Downtown location, Sullivan said. "Once we closed in Overton Square in '98, the parade moved completely down here."

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