Saint Paul’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is back in full swing this year after having been called off in 2020 due to the pandemic and then reduced to a drive-through event in 2021.

This year, the parade will step out at noon Thursday, March 17, but with a reversal of its traditional route. The parade will begin at Rice Park and travel down Fifth Street to Mears Park. Leading this year’s parade will be Mr. Pat Peter Kenefick of Emmett’s Public House, Distinguished Irish Woman Katie Stephens Spangler of the Rince na Chroi Irish dancers, Grand Marshal Zophia Raleigh (the 2020-2021 Miss Shamrock), Celebrity Grand Marshal Miss Minnesota 2021 Elle Mark and Honorary Irishman Dr. Randy Stinchfield of Summit Hill. 

St. Patrick's Day
An Irish Elvis showed up at the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 2013 in downtown Saint Paul. Photo by Brad Stauffer

Following the parade, the Saint Patrick’s Association is inviting revelers to head to CHS Field where the Ballpark Hooley will be presented by Guinness from 12:30-4 p.m. The party will feature live music by the Northerly Gales and Tim Sigler, the Rince Na Chroi Irish dancers and, of course, plenty of Irish food and drinks.

Admission to the Hooley (Irish for party) is $5 in advance, $10 at the door and free for children 5 and younger. There will also be a $40 VIP luncheon in the field clubhouse featuring a buffet of Irish favorites and a cash bar. For information and tickets, visit stpatsmn.org.

   

Other celebrations taking place in honor of the wearing o’ the green include:

  • The Irish Music and Dance Association will present its annual Irish Day of Dance from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Landmark Center. More than 600 dancers from 11 different Irish dance schools and troupes will perform on multiple stages. The festivities will continue on Saint Patrick’s Day with a celebration of Irish music, dance, food and crafts from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, March 17. Admission to either event is $5-$7, free for children 5 and under. Masks and proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test within the previous 72 hours are required. Call 651-292-3063 or visit landmarkcenter.org.
  • The 2022 Miss Shamrock Coronation will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Minnesota Music Cafe, 501 Payne Ave. The celebration will feature the Brian Boru bagpipers, Rince Na Chroi dancers and Irish dignitaries. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Seating is first-come, first-served.

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