Image: The irreplaceable Patrick Green, great attorney and great friend.
Conroe, March 17 – Conroe’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade under the leadership of co-founder Michael McDougal will honor two popular attorneys, other parade co-founder Patrick Green and Pam Little Williamson, who have joined St. Patrick himself in Heaven. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. sharp in front of the Red Brick Tavern, 119 Simonton Street, beautiful downtown Conroe. McDougal and Frances McDougal, his wife, have invited every citizen of Montgomery County to join in the parade.
Conroe’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade started in either 1995 or 1996. McDougal explained, “After the first one, we decided this parade was a pretty good deal. All of the five or so people who marched with us had a pretty good time. It’s against my nature to advertise or do anything like talking to The Golden Hammer newspaper, but Frances felt this year’s parade publicity was important.” The parade missed a few years when St. Patrick’s Day fell on a weekend day when people who normally work around the County Courthouse were not there.
McDougal said, “This year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be special for Pat [Green], Pam [Little Williamson], and my bagpiper and his wife.” Green died on July 12, 2016, after a lengthy illness. Williamson died suddenly on March 15, 2017, at her home in Beaumont. The bagpiper, who normally plays in the parade, cannot attend due to his wife’s serious illness. McDougal has assured the citizens of Montgomery County that he will not sing during the parade.
Green was a renowned probate attorney, mediator, cigar-smoker, and Fighting Irish fan. To say that he was a character would be a great understatement. People either loved Pat Green or… His second home after Conroe was South Bend, Indiana, where he regularly attended Notre Dame football games and tailgate parties. Williamson was known for her kind heart, wry sense of humor, and hard work ethic. In her later years practicing law in Conroe in the old chamber of commerce building, Williamson developed a reputation as a fierce mediator who settled almost every case.
Green was a two-time President of the Montgomery County Bar Association. Williamson served as President of the bar for one year. Both were active in legal activities and many other aspects of this community.
McDougal now practices law in a small office just outside of downtown Conroe. He served as the Montgomery County District Attorney from 1997 to 2008.
Here are some important facts about St. Patrick’s Day:
- There are over 450 churches named for St. Patrick in the United States.
- St. Patrick was born in Britain around 387 A.D. Around 403, at the age of 16, he was kidnapped and sent to Ireland as a slave. He escaped three years later and returned to Britain. In 432, believing God had called him, he returned to Ireland to preach. Patrick baptized 12,000 people in a single day in Killala. The date of his death is not known.
- Approximately forty pounds are green dye are used to turn the Chicago River green every St. Patrick’s Day.
- Approximately 83% of Americans wear some green on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Shamrock, Texas is located in the northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle.
“This year my Scottish flag is missing, because I lost it. Instead, I’ll carry an Irish flag in honor of Pat Green who was always very proud of his Irish heritage. The main purpose of the parade is to have a good time. When we were younger, we’d do two laps around the Courthouse. This year we’ll probably do one lap,” McDougal excitedly concluded.
St. Patrick’s Day will be a great celebration of our community and the great people in it, as well as of the virtues and mischief of Patrick Green and Pam Little Williamson.