Lexington parade dedicated in memory of Alltech founder

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As the parade started Saturday afternoon, so did a private funeral mass for Alltech president and founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons.

Lyons was the Irish entrepreneur who fell in love with Kentucky and used it as the foundation for his multi-billion dollar international agriculture business.

He started that business in his garage with 10,000 dollars.

He died March 8th at 73-years-old.

In lieu of flowers, his family is encouraging people donate to Alltech’s ace foundation. A nonprofit that funds philanthropic ventures worldwide, including disaster relief.

This year, the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Lexington was dedicated to Lyons.

Adults and children alike look forward to the Lexington St. Patrick’s Day parade every single year.

Now going 39 years strong, this year, they are remembering a man who made it all happen.

“A kind and gentle Irishman with a good sense of humor, I mean, just real.”

“He’s done so much for so many people throughout his life.”

They are talking about Dr. Pearse Lyons, the founder of Alltech and a longtime bluegrass irish society supporter.

The 2018 Lexington parade was dedicated to him

Some say the parade just won’t be the same without him, but they know he is here in spirit.

“Born and raised in Ireland, immigrated here and started a business in his garage, an immigrants dream.”

Alltech. Lyons, and his family helped bring the celebration to life for thousands of Kentuckians every year by being the title sponsor.

Ginny Ramsey, the Parade Marshall and founder of the Catholic Action Center says Lyons was an inspiration to all.

“He cared about others and he made a difference in this world, and may we all be so fortunate to make the kind of difference that Pearse Lyons made because of his spirit and his love of humanity.”

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