Holyoke offers celebrated cultural diversity, natural beauty, and a rich industrial history that continues to this day.
Holyoke celebrates this diversity in cultures and ethnic backgrounds with the second-largest St. Patty's day parade in the United States. Nearly 450,000 participants are attracted to the event every year, with one year bringing in nearly 1,000,000 visitors.
The Puerto Rican Day Parade is also held annually. Each year on the third weekend in July, guests are drawn from all over New England to celebrate the parade as part of the Annual Hispanic Family Day Festival.
Along with cultural diversity and a rich industrial history, Holyoke boasts many natural sites such as Mount Holyoke, which features a hike that rewards with spectacular views. Mount Tom State Reservation also affords views after a beginner-level hike.
The Holyoke School Department serves nearly 6,000 students with 6 elementary and middle schools and two high schools. Dean Tech High School provides students with 12 career and technical labs and a college and career access center.