Sunday, March 10th 2019

Many of us woke up this Nursing Home Tour morning to some very sad news.  Chuck Mitch who was our Mr. Pat 2005, had passed away.  While we all prepared for Nursing Home Tour, there was an element of sadness in the air.  We spent the day visiting Sholom Home, the Marion Center, and Little Sisters of the Poor.  Many memories were shared about Chuck, like how he used to bring each one of the sisters a single green carnation, and would never forget to share one of those carnations each year with his 2005 Miss Shamrock, Heather O'Keeffe Schmidt.  While Chuck was on a lot of our minds today, we did not forget all the residents who came to hear some Irish music, and needed a little bit of Irish cheer!  After all, that is the way Chuck would want us to celebrate!  Let's raise a glass and remember the good times we had with our Mr. Pat, he was a class act and will never be forgotten.

53rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will Take Place Snow or Shine on Saturday, March 16

St. Paul, MN, March 6, 2019 - The St. Patrick’s Association has released the official parade route for the 53rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Paul, MN. The parade will start at noon on Saturday, March 16, in Lowertown near Mears Park. The route continues down 5th street and ends around Rice Park. 
With the snowiest February in Minnesota history just closing out, the Association anticipates a large turnout of Minnesotans who are anxious for the first signs of spring. Last year’s parade attendance is estimated at 50,000 spectators. Participants in the parade included 70-80 clans, many of whom have been marching in this parade for decades. 

St. Patrick’s Association President, Jeff Schmidt says, “Over the past 53 years, we’ve seen pretty much every type of weather from 80 degrees and sunny to cold snow and sleet. The one thing that remains constant year over year is the dedication of the citizens of St. Paul to celebrate this wonderful event.” 

This year’s parade will be led by 2019 Grand Marshall: Tim McNiff, 2019 Distinguished Irish Woman: Mary Beth Yarrow, Honorary Irish Man: Father Dan Haugen, 2019 Celebrity Grand Marshall: Dennis Hall, 2019 Mr. Pat: Tom Whaley, and 2019 Miss Shamrock (yet to be crowned) along with all of the Shamrock Princesses and Blarney Brothers. The coronation for the 2019 Miss Shamrock will take place on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. 

For more information about the parade visit
http://www.stpatsmn.org/parade. Also, be sure to follow @StPatricksAssociationStPaulMn on Facebook, @stpatsassociation on Instagram or @StPats_mn on Twitter. 

2019 St. Paul Saint Patrick’s Day Parade FAQs:
Why is the parade on the 16th, not the 17th?
It’s a St. Patrick’s Association tradition that the parade always take place on the 17th unless it falls on a holy day or a Sunday. This year, the 17th falls on a Sunday, so the parade will take place on the 16th.

Where does the parade go? 
You can find the official parade route map at:
http://www.stpatsmn.org/parade.The parade starts near Mears Park and travels along 5th Street towards Rice Park.

Where can I park?
The City of St. Paul provides an interactive parking map to assist with finding parking in downtown.  Go to
St Paul Parking for more information on downtown St. Paul parking and rates.

Can I march in the parade? 
You are not allowed to march in the parade unless you have completed a parade application and have an assigned unit number. The application deadline has passed for this year’s parade.

Who is this year’s Miss Shamrock? 
Miss Shamrock will be crowned on Wednesday, March 12 with the program starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Crooked Pint Ale House in Maplewood. Doors for the event open at 5:00 p.m.