Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Yesterday, in the great city of St. Paul, the 53rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade stepped off 5th and Sibley at high noon.  The day was chilly, but sunny, and close to 40,000 of our closest friends came decked out in their finest green attire!  It is a day for families, a day for traditions, and a day to celebrate our heritage.  The tradition began in 1967.  "The very 1st parade was whipped into shape in just two months, and drew crowds 6 deep on the sidewalks" (Irish Gazette, March 1991).  TWO MONTHS??  The St. Patrick's Day parade and Association has grown leaps and bounds since that very 1st parade 53 years ago.  It now has close to 75 active members, and many events and parades throughout the year!  So, as the sun goes down on this St. Patrick's day, the St. Patrick's Association never stops working.  We now rest for a few weeks then draw for our trip for two to Ireland, then we plan our summer parades.  Our work is never done!  Slainte!

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.